France’s Dunkirk LNG terminal resumes ops

France’s Dunkirk LNG import terminal resumed operations on March 17 following a strike against the government’s pension reform.

Dunkerque LNG, the operator of the Dunkirk LNG facility led by Belgium’s Fluxys, declared force majeure due to the strike on March 7.

During March 7-17, the terminal’s jetty and the truck loading station were unavailable, while the delivery capacity was reduced to the “minimum”.

“Fluxys can confirm that the strike at the Dunkirk terminal ended last Thursday, March 16th. The terminal resumed operations on Friday, March 17th, followed by the restart of gas deliveries onto the grid,” Fluxys told LNG Prime via email on Monday.

“The terminal teams continue to closely monitor the situation of the network in France,” the firm said.

The Arc7 ice-class LNG carrier, Fedor Litke, delivered a cargo from Novatek’s Yamal LNG project in Russia to the Dunkirk facility on Friday and left the terminal on Saturday, according to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue.

Dunkerque LNG owners include two groups with the first consortium led by Belgium’s Fluxys holding a 61 percent stake.

Commissioned in 2017, the LNG terminal has an annual regasification capacity of 13 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Previous shareholders EDF and TotalEnergies are the main customers of the LNG terminal through 20-year contracts.

Elengy’s LNG terminals remain shut

Elengy’s three LNG import terminals in France will remain shut until March 21 due to a strike of the company’s workers, a spokeswoman for Elengy told LNG Prime last week.

Elengy operates the Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou LNG terminals on the Mediterranean coast, and the Montoir-de-Bretagne facility on the Atlantic coast.

According to Elengy, record 329 ships called at its three LNG facilities last year, while the firm injected some 226 TWh into the grid.

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