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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.

 

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