The movement against pension reform continues at the four LNG terminals that import liquefied natural gas (LNG) into France. They have Tuesday their strike movement until early next week, we learned from the CGT.

The shutdown of the three Elengy terminals (subsidiary of Engie) located in Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) for two of them, and in Saint-Nazaire (Montoir-de-Bretagne, Loire-Atlantique) blocks the gas supply of the GRTgaz distribution network, the unloading of LNG tankers and the filling of LNG tanks until next Tuesday, according to the CGT. It indicates that the Dunkirk terminal, operated by the Belgian group Fluxys, voted for its part to extend the strike until Monday.

"Until withdrawal"

"100% of voters have extended by one week the shutdown of LNG terminals," Mathieu Michel, elected CGT at the CHSCT of Elengy, told AFP, according to which the shutdown of the terminal is even voted "until the withdrawal of the reform". "See you next week to decide" what to do next, he said. The management of Elengy confirmed this renewal, considering that there was, at this stage, "no danger on the network".

The movement started on March 6 at Elengy, and on March 7 at the Dunkirk terminal. With the war in Ukraine, LNG gradually replaced Russian gas that arrived by pipeline for France. LNG flows to France intensified in 2022 (+102%), "making the country a major entry point for LNG into Europe", according to GRTgaz's 2022 report. Last year, LNG terminals "accounted for 50% of French gas supply," according to Elengy. And the share is expected to increase sharply in 2023.

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