Strike movements affects several oil refineries and French fuel storage facilities were restored on Saturday at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, CGT said. On Saturday, three of six French refineries were still shut down, CGT said: TotalEnergies’ largest refinery in Normandy, as well as two French refineries of US-based Esso-ExxonMobil.
“About 70% of us are strikers“, Christoph Ober, elected CGT at ExxonMobil clarified, “it’s the same workforce every weekend so it doesn’t have to change and nothing goes out“.
In addition, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Fezine (Rhône), “In the shipping department at 6 o’clock in the morning, 100% were on strike.“- CGT elected Pedro Afonso told AFP. “Normally there are 250 to 300 trucks a day and 30 to 50 wagons. Nothing will come out,” he added, even if the refinery continues to produce products.
In the French energy company, in addition to the Normandy refinery, strikers have been mobilized en masse in recent days at a fuel depot in Flanders, near Dunkirk (North), at the “bio-refinery” of La Med (Bouches du Rhône). ) and in particular at the fuel base of Grandpuy (Seine and Marne) in order to limit the outflow of petroleum products as much as possible, according to the CGT.
However, according to TotalEnergies, the Grandpuits fuel base is closed on weekends. Blockades by strikers lead to a reduction in fuel supplies, so gas stations often run out of gasoline and diesel fuel. TotalEnergies operates nearly a third of France’s power stations. But the group is also taking issue with the success of a 20-cent discount at the pumps that it has been offering since Sept. 1, on top of the state’s 30-cent discount.