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France Taps Emergency Fuel Stocks as Strikes Hobble Production

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France is dipping into strategic stockpiles of fuels like gasoline and diesel for at least the third time in a year, with strikes over pension reforms decimating production and hampering logistics.

The country has released more than 10 million barrels of oil since the latest spate of labor action started just over three weeks ago. The release includes mainly gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel and is equivalent to more than a week’s demand.

As the protests drag on, the government is moving to conserve jet fuel, asking carriers to refuel at airports in places where there’s no shortage, including overseas. Flights are being canceled, with air traffic controllers among those taking action. About 11% of filling stations are out of at least one type of motor fuel, Energy Transition Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said, an improvement on the previous day’s 15%.

The current round of French strikes is into its fourth week, with workers deciding every few days on whether to stay the course. A vote at Lavera, one of France’s six hobbled oil refineries, is scheduled for Friday. Another nationwide day of strikes and protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s planned reforms is set for April 6.

The disruption extends to ports, with millions of barrels of crude recently floating off the country’s shores unable to discharge. Strikes at Lavera and Fos oil terminals in the south — which refineries rely on for oil supply — were extended until further notice. Liquefied natural gas terminals are also affected, cutting supply of re-gasified fuel into the local grid.

On the shortages at filling stations, Pannier-Runacher told Sud Radio that there is “a slight improvement across France, with some regions still struggling.” Exxon Mobil Corp. said previously that parts of the west coast and the area around Marseille on the Mediterranean had suffered shortages.

The nation tapped its emergency supplies last year around June, as part of a globally coordinated stock-draw. That was followed by another later in 2022 when a previous round of strikes forced the closure of a swathe of oil-refining capacity and added pressure to an already tight diesel market.

The International Energy Agency’s member countries, such as France, are required to ensure oil stock levels equivalent to no less than 90 days of net imports.

More on strikes, disruption and the fuels release:

  • About 9.4 million barrels of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel has been made available so far this month, more than a week’s demand
  • French consumption of refined products, everything from LPG to diesel and jet fuel, is about 1.5 million barrels a day, according to the IEA.
  • The release also includes about 940,000 barrels of crude oil.
  • Exxon is shutting a petrochemicals unit Thursday at its Gravenchon complex
    • Gravenchon is one of four French oil refineries that are offline. Two others have cut runs.
  • Three French LNG terminals operated by Elengy SA — Montoir, Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou — have been blocked since March 6.
  • The country’s fourth terminal, Dunkerque LNG, was also blocked by strikes earlier this month before resuming operations. Sporadic protests have cut its shipments of re-gasified fuel into the local grid at times, including this week.


11 Comments on "France Taps Emergency Fuel Stocks as Strikes Hobble Production"

  1. makati1 on Sat, 8th Apr 2023 4:16 pm 

    France has had enough of WEF bot/dictator Mackerel. Now, if they can get rid of the vander-liar bitch…

  2. emerald city on Sat, 8th Apr 2023 6:31 pm 

    The governments love these sort of disruptions, it’s takes the focus off their own inadequate mismanagement and blames matters on the people themselves.

    All nations should have begun in the 1970’s to wean themselves off oil by reducing vehicle engine capacities and making public transportation attractive as an alternative. Who wouldn’t want to walk out their front door and jump on a light electric tram for a trip through green parks and wooded glens to their destinations.

    The Utopic dream future many held dear is rapidly turning into a nightmare of broken roads and bridges and millions of cars bumper to bumper. 50 years wasted building space shuttles and trillions on pointless wars, thank God I live in one place on the planet that thought ahead and build decent infrastructure for it’s citizens.

  3. theluckycountry on Sat, 15th Apr 2023 2:27 am 

    I see the pillipeens has a new el Presidentay, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son of the infamous dictator who was outed decades ago.

    In his inaugural speech on Thursday, Marcos Jr. defended the legacy of his late father, who he said accomplished many things that were not done since the country’s independence, adding he would follow in his footsteps.

    The “Infinite monkey theorem” can be generalized to state that any sequence of events which has a non-zero probability of happening will almost certainly eventually occur, given enough time.

    And given enough monkeys.

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 17th Apr 2023 4:04 pm 

    Another knock-on consequence of climate change.

    Gas stations in South Florida running out of fuel during flood

    “Sky 10 flew over Broward County neighborhoods Saturday morning as flooding from Wednesday night’s record rainfall still lingering is over two days later.

    In many areas throughout Broward, the streets still filled with water.”

    Florida Gas Shortage Plagues State as Drivers ‘Fight’ at the Pumps

    video shared on Twitter by a Florida-based user on Sunday shows what seems to be a fight breaking out at a pump in southern Florida, a region that’s currently being affected by a significant gas shortage.

    “They really [are] about to fight out here over gas,” the Miami-based woman, whose Twitter handle is @TrainLikeDime, wrote on Sunday, sharing a video in which she said four people were fighting over who should go next at the pump. The clip shows what looks like three drivers arguing but it’s not clear what exactly they’re discussing. The Twitter user who posted the video said it took her 40 minutes to get gas.

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  5. eee on Wed, 19th Apr 2023 10:59 am 

    Most of the time the negro keep quiet. The negro don’t mind to have a little job and seems content with a simple life. Very few negro in position of high power because they don’t seem to seek power. Yes the negro is not the most intelligent and bit violent, but he is not the problem. The Jews are the problems

    The Jews and the globalist are the real problems.

  6. eee on Wed, 19th Apr 2023 11:01 am 

    There is, I think, barely any negro run think tank. The negro don’t seek power. The jews and Whites globalist are the ones seeking power and total control of the earth.

  7. eeee on Wed, 19th Apr 2023 11:05 am 

    Same with the south america lations. They don’t seem to seek power and try tro dominate the world.

    As far as I know they are no think tank run exclusively by the Latinos of South America.

    This is why I never talk about the Latinos
    of South America, they are not trying to dominate the world either, same as the negro.

  8. eee on Wed, 19th Apr 2023 11:08 am 

    I have not seen any South America nations trying to push a world dominate agenda on world. The Jews and Whites globalist are the ones pushing for a one world government, not the negro not the Latinos of South America.

    This is why I am not speaking much about Africa and South America, they are not trying to dominate the world

  9. Theedrich on Thu, 20th Apr 2023 2:37 pm 

    Britain is the history’s greatest murderer. In a YouTube video, British empire killed 165 million Indians in 40 years:  How colonialism inspired fascism, presented by Ben Norton (on Multipolarista), we discover how the global capitalist system was founded on European imperial genocides.

    According to Indian politician Shashi Tharoor, “Churchill has the blood of millions on his hands whom the British prefer to forget.”

    This video is an excellent exposition of the centuries-long, dumbfounding rapacity and murderous predation of India by Britain, all carefully obscured, hidden and denied by Anglophile psychopaths.  And it does not even touch the additional horror of Britain’s Opium Wars against China in the 19th century.

    Britain alone owes countless trillions of dollars to India, China and other countries of the global south.  America, the now more powerful mimic of the British plunderer, is also implicated in these global crimes.  So it is no wonder that the U.S. government today is attempting to take over Russia, the largest remaining source of natural resources, through another one of its countless proxy wars.

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  11. Edison Kutch on Mon, 29th May 2023 11:44 pm 

    I have not observed any South American countries attempting to impose a global agenda. The proponents of a one-world government are Jews and Whites, not African Americans or South American Latinos.

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