Strike of January 19: a risk of gasoline shortage? Don’t panic, fuel stocks are full

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The announcement of the mobilization against the pension reform led to an influx of motorists into service stations, especially in supermarkets. At Carrefour, as at TotalEnergies, we have checked, there is no panic movement which could lead to a shortage… If the French do not come to fill jerry cans, everything will be fine, as the explains the regional director of TotalEnergies.

A taxi driver in Ariège, Marc has found nothing better than the Carrefour Purpan in Toulouse to refuel, almost every day, at least every time he expects a patient brought to the hospital for consultation. “It’s the cheapest station. But usually at this time, I go right away.”

3:15 p.m., a good twenty motorists take their troubles patiently while waiting for a pump to become available, including a retiree who has come to put 95 lead-free in her old Renault 5 classified as a collector’s vehicle. “It was my niece who advised me to fill up before Thursday’s strike. I don’t drive much. I’ve done 92,928 km in over 30 years. But just in case… “

23.34 liters and a small full for this retiree who came to top up her tank on the advice of her niece yesterday.

23.34 liters and a small full for this retiree who came to top up her tank on the advice of her niece yesterday.
– DDM, BD

Just in case, this is also the motivation of Idyle, a 34-year-old caregiver who will strike on Thursday. A paradox that does not surprise our taxi driver. “It’s the people who create the shortage by coming to fill their tank with 10 or 15 € of gasoline”, sighs Marc. That the big rollers like him are reassured, the Carrefour stations have made reserves to cope with the increase in attendance since Monday.

While he usually never queues in the afternoon, Marc found around twenty motorists in front of him yesterday.

While he usually never queues in the afternoon, Marc found around twenty motorists in front of him yesterday.
– DDM, BD

No worries either in the center of Toulouse where Thierry, employed at Avia Chaubet, did not notice any particular stress among the regulars. Nor in Albi where Benjamin did not see any increased activity in his station, avenue François-Verdier. “There are a few people who ask questions. But we remain on a classic operation.” It must be said that the TotalEnergie group has taken the time to reassure its network, including independents… “Stocks are at a very high level, capable of absorbing a peak in consumption.”

25 transport companies ready to strengthen the TotalEnergies group in case

Sylvain Panas, the regional director of TotalEnergies, confirms. “All our teams are on a war footing to cope with more sustained demand.” Including if the conflict over pensions lasts.

“The CGT aims to block refineries and depots on January 19, 26, and perhaps at the beginning of February. We regret it. But we have anticipated, explains Sylvain Panas. We have our own logistics fleet to supply the stations and also subcontractors ready to help us if needed.” Understand, 25 transport companies, two per region, which are ready to add their trucks to those of Total to shuttle between large depots and stations.
Small particularity nevertheless in Toulouse, the closure for heavy renovation work of the Total station located on the inner ring road. “It’s for a good cause, we are going to install 18 terminals for electric vehicles, a CNG terminal and a washing station with recycled water, but in the meantime, it’s as many fewer volumes of gasoline on the Toulouse conurbation. An unavailability which should generate a postponement of traffic in neighboring stations and therefore a little more waiting at the pumps. A lesser evil as long as they are supplied. But beware, for it to roll, you must not fill a jerry can and store gasoline at home. Otherwise, the conflict could have explosive consequences in many ways.

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