UPDATE: VICTORIA'S diesel shortage is unlikely to be completely resolved for up to three weeks.
An equipment fault at Shell's Geelong refinery at the weekend has resulted in soaring diesel prices, a major supply shortage and motorists screaming out for fuel.
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Shell began production again on Sunday and in a statement on its website says it is "ramping up production over the next 24 hours" but regular and full availability is not expected until after Christmas.
"The company expects diesel availability at Shell-branded service stations to improve over coming weeks as the company increases deliveries but it will take time for deliveries to reach all parts of the state," the statement says.
"Shell has also quarantined diesel for emergency services and has made arrangements to get the diesel to areas where it may be needed."
It is unclear if any of the quarantined fuel will go to regional areas to help farmers mid-harvest.
A BP spokesman said diesel was completely unavailable at most of its Victorian service stations and it was "utterly reliant" on Shell distributing diesel out as fast as it could.
"Because so many sites are completely stocked out, now resupplying them is a huge effort," he said.
"We will know more by the end of the week but it could take two to three weeks for it to get back to normal."
A BP customer in Swan Hill today was told the station would be out of diesel until December 15.