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Pension reform. Several refineries close this Saturday, including that of Normandy, the largest in the country

Some 37% of the operating staff at TotalEnergies refineries and warehouses in France were on strike on Saturday morning. Many are standing while others are inactive.

The union’s call to extend the strike against the pension reform by ten days will once again put the country’s fuel supply at risk next week.

The Feyzin site near Lyon remained in service but with reduced flow, while fuel deliveries from the La Mède biorefinery near Marseille were still blocked, the spokesman said.

The Donges refinery, in Loire-Atlantique, was not operational due to a technical problem with an electrical transformer, it added, while on the Normandy platform, the countries’ largest refinery, operations and production of the many units experienced different performances due to the blocking of shipments.

On Friday night, a TotalEnergies spokesperson said production would have to stop once peak inventory levels were reached if deliveries from warehouses and refineries remained blocked.
“It will be done unit by unit,” he added.

At the Esso refinery (ExxonMobil group) in Port-Jérôme-Gravenchon, Normandy, a CGT official announced that fuel deliveries were suspended for at least 24 hours.

Author: Reuters

Source: L Independant

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