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Queue at the Palavas les Flots service station in Hérault on October 5 (illustration).
POLITICS – A bomb that lasts. This Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 p.m., the Ministry of Energy Transition announced that almost a third of the territory’s service stations (29.7%) had supply difficulties “in at least one product”, after the strike of refineries.
It is more than on Saturday at the same time (21%), and the situation is particularly tense in Hauts-de-France and Île-de-France. In Pas de Calais, these difficulties affect no less than 59.1% of service stations (compared to 41% on Saturday). The same in the North, where 55.8% of the stations are concentrated, compared to 39% yesterday. ” In Île-de-France, there were 44.9% of service stations for at least one product “.
“Gas Station Fever”
A situation that indicates that motorists have gone en masse to the pump for next week, since the situation improved on Saturday. ” We are facing an avalanche of service stations above the usual fuel consumption (+30% in certain areas), which is worsening the situation”, regrets in a press release published this Sunday Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of Energy Transition.
” The French must no longer suffer the consequences of a social movement. This conflict must end.”, he insists. The Minister, who had to self isolation due to covidobserve the step taken” by Total management today in anticipation of the mandatory annual negotiations in October, thus responding to the government’s call and said wait in the next few hours » the return of Esso management on the subject. Refineries Total and ExxonMobiles announced in the morning the resumption of the strike.
improvements next week
” In the meantime, we have taken steps in recent days to open fuel depots that are normally closed on weekends and allow truck traffic on Saturday and Sunday. We have also released strategic stocks and increased our imports”specifies Agnès Pannier-Runacher, specifying that these measures “ allowed an increase in deliveries of around 20% compared to the usual flows “.
In doing so, the Minister for the Energy Transition wants to be reassuring, assuring that “ these additional volumes should allow an improvement in the situation throughout the day on Monday “. Identical story by Elisabeth Borne, who also assured that fuel supply tensions at service stations were going “improve throughout the week”like the arrival of “deliveries” derived in particular from “strategic actions” French.
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