The Colon colonial pipeline began work late Wednesday night, allowing petroleum supplies to reach the eastern American states five days later due to a cyber attack, creating a tendency to run out of fuel at petrol stations.
The owner of the pipeline said it had resumed work at 5pm earlier in the day, but warned that “it would take several days for the supply chain to return to normal”.
A tweet from U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm confirmed the re-flow of the line, saying she had just spoken to the chief executive of the colonial pipeline company on the phone.
The pipeline has a capacity of 2.5 million barrels of fuel per day and is a critical artery that supplies liquid fuel from oil refineries in the US East Coast states.
The new opening will bring relief to the growing customers with the supply of fuel. Panic bought Crisis has erupted in several places in the U.S. southeast, with two-thirds of North Carolina’s fuel stations reporting that motorists were running out of gas when they gathered fuel on Wednesday afternoon.
Colon Colony said some of its markets “may experience or continue to experience interrupted service disruptions during the start-up period. Colon Colony will safely transfer as much petrol, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”