An Energy and Climate Change Department spokesman said:
The Government welcome the news that Unite plan to put a deal to their members.
We hope that this will lead to the threat of strike action being lifted.
The Government continues to believe that any strike action is wrong and unnecessary.
We will continue to work on contingency plans to increase the country's resilience in the event of a strike.
Proposals aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers dispute were drawn up tonight, raising hopes that strikes can be averted.
The deadline extension suggests talks are going well, but the deadline of next Friday to reach a deal is still very tight.
Private talks have begun to avert a fuel tanker strike, as petrol prices continue to soar at the pumps.