Fuel supply in Lubbock low because of increase demand, fuel refinery issues

Updated: Apr. 21, 2018 at 6:37 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Because of the high demand for gas in the West Texas area, United Express, part of the United Supermarkets, is experiencing intermittent fuel supply delays.

Demand in the area is currently outpacing the regions available supply, Angelos Lambis, director of fuel and convenience for United Express, said in a news release. To company is currently coordinating deliveries from partners around the region to help in increasing the gas supply.

Customers are expected to see gas outages at various locations while the company coordinates to increase the supply around the area. KCBD NewsChannel 11 will update its website as more information becomes available.

"Our goal, first and foremost, is to take excellent care of our guests and minimize any inconvenience they might experience when unforeseen situations arise," Tony Crumpton, executive vice president of facilities, fuel and supply, said in the release. "While we, and other fuel retailers, may continue to see spot outages across the area over a few coming days, we want our guests to know that we are committed to doing whatever needs to be done to bring in fuel from other sources."

The Phillips 66 fuel refinery in Borger has also cited issues between fuel demand and its supply. The Borger Refinery is operating at less than normal standards, Joe Gannon, director of strategic communications with Phillips 66, said via email.

The company is currently working to provide gas and diesel fuel in Amarillo, Albuquerque and Lubbock, and has contracted alternative supply methods from other Phillips 66 refineries, exchanges, third-party purchases and using backup terminal locations where possible, according to the emailed statement.

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