FRENCH STRIKE DISRUPTS POWER SUPPLY, HALTS REFINERY SHIPMENTS

FRENCH STRIKE DISRUPTS POWER SUPPLY, HALTS REFINERY SHIPMENTS

Statewide protest against pension reform in France on Thursday January 19 has resulted in a significant drop in electricity output and a halt in deliveries from TotalEnergies and Esso refineries.

Data from EDF and grid operator RTE showed that electricity production was reduced by 7.8GW, nearly 12% of total power supply, due to the strike and causing France to increase imports from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain.

The outage table from EDF shows a 4.5 GW nuclear supply reduction at eight reactors, 460MW of reduced hydropower, and 2.8GW of lower thermal production.

“Nuclear power plants are likely to ramp up during the day to ensure grid stability. This is how strikes work in France: strikers are not permitted to jeopardize supply security” an expert stated.

TotalEnergies-operated refineries were reportedly preventing delivery of refined oil products from departing.

According to a CGT spokesman, the union anticipates that at least 70% of the workers in the refinery sector at TotalEnergies’ four refinery facilities have joined the strike in protest of the government’s proposal to raise the retirement age by two years to 64.

TotalEnergies has stated that a single day of strikes wouldn’t affect the availability of fuel at service stations. The CGT refineries federation has called for a single strike day this week as well as more walkouts the following two weeks.

A debate on renewing the refinery strike is not expected today, but will be suggested later, according to the union leader.

“For the time being, we are adhering to our strike schedule. Depending on how the situation in the country develops, and if employees refuse to call off the strike, there may be an extension “According to Eric Sellini, the company’s CGT coordinator.

Shipments were also halted at Esso’s Fos facility, but work at the Port Jerome facility was proceeding, according to a union official.

Philippe Martinez, president of the CGT union, stated that Thursday was only the first day of strikes and that more are to follow.

Trade unions have called for employees in the public and private sectors to walk out of their jobs and protest the government’s plans.

The government has stated that it will not back down and has urged workers not to paralyze the country.

 

Source: Energy Ghana

 

 

 

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