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Personal And Environmental Safety Are Priority

Personal And Environmental Safety Are Highest Priorities – Shell

Shell New Zealand is urging diesel users to continue using current diesel stocks, and not to attempt to dispose of them or return them to service stations.

Shell is concerned that some diesel users may consider dumping diesel supplies into the environment, and stresses that this practice is both illegal and environmentally hazardous.

Similarly, Shell service stations have no capacity to accept or store returned diesel supplies, but it is unnecessary anyway.

Shell emphasises that diesel customers can safely use current diesel supplies as long as they monitor engine performance and check filters for clogging over the next month.

“The fact is, current diesel supplies are still useable. Affected stocks are safe and engine damage is highly unlikely.”

Shell says it is working around the clock to return its supplies to normal, and says personal and environmental safety are its highest priorities.

“Clean supplies are making their way to ports around the country, and we are ensuring that the marine sector and emergency services have adequate supplies in the first instance.”

The Hellas Progress with nine million litres of clean diesel on board arrives in Dunedin today (Thursday), and the Taiko with 12 million litres will arrive in Nelson tomorrow (Friday).

Shell urges diesel customers to call the Freephone number: 0800-003-002, if they would like reimbursement for filters.

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