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May 24, 2016

STRIKE: DIESEL SHORTAGE * France - BLOCKAGES IN REFINERIES

* Paris - The situation is "deteriorating at breakneck speed"

--- Last night, six of the eight French refineries were shut down, affected by actions within the sites against Bill El Khomri, as reported AFP Emmanuel Lepine, the oil branch of CGT. Only two Esso refineries continue to operate, at Fos-sur-Mer and Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, with shipments disrupted by events outside the site... Among the refineries Total, three of them suffer "shutdown of some units" located in Gonfreville l'Orcher, Donges and Feyzin. The site Grandpuits is not stopped. However, it decided to extend the strike for 72 hours while "preventing any release of oil products", on road or pipeline... The radius of the fuel depots, five hundred units on that account the Hexagon continued to be totally blocked yesterday. Of the 12,000 service stations of the Hexagon, 1500 were in partial or total disruption of fuel. Almost 50% of AS24 network stations are affected... According FNTR, TL and Unostra, the situation is "deteriorating at breakneck speed", with an estimated margin of maneuver, by region, 24, 48 or even 72 hours... On Sunday, Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, imitated by Alain Vidal, Secretary of State for Transport, has brandished the threat of the police. Several interventions CRS ​​and gendarmes were held to unlock fuel deposits. This was the case with the release of the oil depot Vern-sur-Seiche... In Normandy, the situation is still tense yesterday for transport companies... According to the executive, the most sensitive to the consequences MRTs are mainly connected to the lack of activity on the port of Le Havre, because of its blocking by dockers and "Road". Philippe Bonneau believes that the participation of road strikers can only be the result of union activists... According to various government statements, the country would have comfortable stocks that should help ensure supply in case of prolonged paralysis refineries. It is, in this case, refers to the 90 days of "strategic reserves" as well as national commercial stocks available from the operators (30 days)... Paris, France - WK Transport et Logistique, by Slimane Boukezzoula - 24 May 2016

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