Will there still be gas at the pump in the coming weeks? The question arises, while several stations are running out of fuel, Wednesday, October 5, in Île-de-France, in Normandy, or in the Bouches-du-Rhône.
This situation is partly due to the discount at the pump of 20 centimes per liter set up by TotalEnergies at the beginning of September to compensate for the spectacular increase in the cost of fuel, in a context of growing inflation. This discount is added to the 30 cents set up by the government, motorists have rushed to fill up in recent days in the group’s stations.
At the same time, employees of French refineries, employees of TotalEnergies and Esso, started a strike for a salary increase of 10% last week. This situation is causing the shutdown of six refineries out of the eight in France and poses the threat of a gasoline shortage in the country.
Stock shortages currently mainly concern diesel and unleaded 95. A tension due more to the “overconsumption” from motorists than a supply problem, according to Olivier Gantois, president of UFIP Energies et Mobilités. “We are not in short supply”he said, Wednesday, October 5, on RMC: “We see from time to time a specific problem on the routing but on the whole of the territory, there is no shortage. »
Despite a 30% increase in footfall at its pumps in September, TotalEnergies was also reassuring, saying that “despite the social movements, the resupply (of) stations continues in the context of the price reduction operation”.
The group also calls on motorists to measure, recalling that the discount at the pump runs until January 1, 2023. For Eric Sellini, CGT coordinator for TotalEnergies, the social conflict has all the same “highly accelerated” fuel supply difficulties.
Beyond the consequences for individuals, this situation leads to logistical problems in sectors such as school transport. Tuesday, October 4, the president of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, sent a letter to the minister responsible for transport, deploring the impossibility for “several hundred children” to take school buses in the Somme.
He asks the government to “Quickly remedy this situation” so that “essential public services” may “normally provide their service offer as soon as possible”.