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Total Petrochemicals refinery production disrupted by French strike

September 10/2010

(Bloomberg) -- French workers reduced output at Electricite de France SAs nuclear reactors and Total SA refineries as part of a nationwide strike over a government plan to increase the retirement age.


The walkout led to a 5,000-megawatt decrease in nuclear output from EDF reactors, according to CGT union spokeswoman Marie-Claire Cailletaud. Refinery output at Totals French plants is dropping to minimum levels, company spokesman Michael Crochet-Vourey said. Shipments have been blocked at all plants except Feyzin in the Rhone Valley, he said.


Total management and the CGT union are locked in a legal battle over the idling a year ago of the Flanders refinery near Dunkirk, which the company plans to dismantle. Closure of the refinery triggered a week-long strike in February that led to fuel shortages. Total, Europes biggest refiner, has five other refineries in France including Gonfreville in Normandy, the largest, Donges, Feyzin, Provence and Grandpuits.


Total Petrochemicals refinery production disrupted by French strike







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