Update: French LNG terminal strikes end

(Updated with a further comment by an Elengy spokeswoman to say that two LNG tankers have been redirected due to the strikes)

Workers at Elengy’s three LNG terminals have called off their almost four week-long strikes. France has been hit by a wave of strikes aimed at forcing President Francois Hollande’s government to withdraw proposed new labor market rules.

The strikes ended this morning at 6 am,” an Elengy spokeswoman told LNG world News on Wednesday.

Elengy’s Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal on the French Atlantic coast and Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou terminals on the shores of the Mediterranean were closed from May 24 until June 3.

To remind, Elengy said earlier this month that the strikes would continue until June 15 with operations at the three LNG plants resuming on June 3 as the striking workers allowed ship unloading and truck loading operations, as well as send-out to the French grid from the facilities.

However, the workers decided to halt operations again at the LNG terminals on June 9 and June 14 as the strikes continued.

During the blockade of Elengy’s plants, two incoming LNG carriers have been redirected to other terminals outside France, the spokeswoman said.

Nationwide strikes are also affecting the Euro 2016 football tournament, which is currently being held in France.

The government is under pressure to find a solution to its standoff on the labour reform with France’s largest workers union, CGT that has organised street protests, train strikes and refinery blockades to pressure the government to scrap reform plans.

 

LNG World News Staff

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