Fuel shortage: the transport of hydrocarbons will be able to circulate on All Saints' Day

Fuel shortage: the transport of hydrocarbons will be able to circulate on All Saints’ Day

A Total employee fills a gas station from a tank in February 2011 in Lille.

In order to supply service stations, some of which are still dry, heavy vehicles that transport hydrocarbons will be able to circulate on All Saints’ Day, according to a decree published on Saturday, October 29 in official diarywhile the government mobilized army trucks to speed up deliveries.

In view of “Tensions due to fuel supply observed in the national territory”the prohibitions on the circulation of transport vehicles of more than 7.5 tons provided for by a previous decree of April 2021 are lifted for Monday, October 31, Tuesday, October 1Ahem and on Wednesday, November 2 for “vehicles for the transport of hydrocarbon products, with the exception of butane, propane and gases for industrial use”.

These vehicles will be able to circulate during these three days “in order to enable supply between oil depots, as well as from oil depots to distribution points and end customers”and returns empty.

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Tensions Persist

The executive has already made four similar decrees since October 7. “We have also asked warehouses to extend their opening hours today. (Saturday)and to open the 1Ahem november. Five great deposits will be”a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Energy Transition told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The government no longer provides statistics on the number of service stations that ran out of fuel, as a result of the movement, initiated by the CGT on September 27, which caused supply difficulties throughout the country. “Nationwide, the situation has improved significantly, but there are still tensions in Ile-de-France and, to a lesser extent, in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté”the spokesman noted.

“What the prefects are seeing is that the stations have fewer difficulties and therefore have less reflection to declare the price-fuel on the site”which is supposed to account for food. “Hence the fact that some stations sometimes appear to be sold out when they are no longer.”commented.

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“Improvements” expected this weekend

“We continue our action, always releasing strategic stocks to streamline logistics, and with the support of trucks from the Ministry of the Armed Forces to deliver professionals, in particular in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions”the spokesman stressed, adding that “Large volumes of gasoline have been injected into the Le Havre-Paris pipeline” to supply Ile-de-France. Highway stations were served as a priority, according to her.

“The special tensions will disappear in a few days. The improvement should be seen this weekend.”The president of the French Union of Petroleum Industries (UFIP), Olivier Gantois, assured Franceinfo this Friday.

The difficulties still mainly concern unleaded gasoline, which is not imported, according to him. Two TotalEnergies sites continued the movement on Saturday: the Gonfreville-L’Orcher refinery (Seine-Maritime) and the Feyzin depot (Lyon metropolis).

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