12% of French STAs need supplies

12% of French STAs need supplies

Government spokesman Olivier Veran assured on Wednesday that there was “no shortage”.

An increasing number of gas stations are forced to temporarily close due to a lack of goods. Leaving the Council of Ministers this Wednesday, government spokesman Olivier Veron admitted that there were many “tension» supplies in a small part of enterprises that have to temporarily close due to lack of goods.

A”double parameter plays“, he clarified. On the one hand, the refinery strike disrupts logistics patterns and can lead to occasional shortages. On the other hand, the increase in the discount at the pump prices has led to a drop in prices and a jump in demand, leading topresence of voltage of one or more types of fuellocally.

Despite these impressive numbers,there is no shortage“, the spokesperson nuanced, urging consumers to consider to avoid”panic effectsor a rush at petrol stations. “Everything is on the table to ensure that [ces difficultés] to absorb“, he assured, noting that the state “taken from strategic stocks […] here and thereat the power plant.

Suffered 30% CTA in the North

To date, 12% of three-color stations “encounter difficulties on at least one type of fuel“, a figure that can vary depending on the region: in Haut-de-France, therefore, it exceeds 30%, added a representative of the executive. For “Restore the normal situation as soon as possible” in the north “So-called ‘strategic’ stockpiles released today to replenish STA stocks”announced in the evening Prefect Haut-de-France in a press release.

The authorities also asked the operators of some northern stations “set up priority access” for “sanitary transport”, doctors and nurses. The sale and purchase of fuel in canisters and drums is also prohibited in the Nord, Pas de Calais and Somme regions. According to the préfecture of Pas de Calais, the situation is particularly difficult in the areas around Arras and Bethune.

A little earlier in the day, the president of the LR of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, was alarmed by the situation in a letter to the government: “It is becoming increasingly difficult for drivers to find stations, sometimes even in areas far from depots”he noted, referring to “shortage or long waiting situations” in their region. “I am asking the government to quickly rectify this situation so that basic public services such as school and road transport can circulate”– he wrote.

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Excitement at TotalEnergies stations

The strike, which began a few days ago at oil depots and oil refineries of the giant TotalEnergies, continues to disrupt logistics networks. At the start of the mobilization, the CGT demands a significant increase in wages to counter the losses caused by inflation.

The energy company has also fallen victim to the success of its own operation to restore household purchasing power: in a bid to avoid tax on excess profits, the group stepped up cuts to the price paid at the pump until the end of the year. Before the MPs flash mission on “excess profits“CEO Patrick Pouyanne noted that the first version of his 10-cent discount on gas prices resulted in”training effectamong its competitors, as well as a jump in volumes20%“. The enhanced version resulted in “raid by the French on the railway stations“with a bang in the presence”80%» first week, overloaded logistics system and long queues. “We were overwhelmed“, the manager summed up.

So far, the back-to-back discounts have cost his company around €171 million, a sum that will increase as long as the device remains active. “You tell us: you get excess profits on oil refining [en France]we use them to fund the work of discounts“, he told the deputies.

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