France’s Elengy says LNG terminals remain blocked due to strike

Elengy’s three LNG import terminals in France will remain shut until Thursday due to a strike against the government’s pension reform.

A spokeswoman for Elengy told LNG Prime via email on Wednesday that the LNG import terminals remain blocked.

“The strike has been extended to March 30,” she said.

Elengy, a unit of Engie’s GRTgaz, said on March 6 that the company’s three LNG facilities will not provide any services due to the strike of its staff.

After that, the workers extended the strike until March 21 and once again to March 28.

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

These terminals have a combined capacity of some 21.5 bcm per year.

Dunkirk LNG

Dunkerque LNG, the operator of the Dunkirk LNG facility led by Belgium’s Fluxys, also declared force majeure due to a 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”.

The terminal resumed operations on March 17 but its sendout was reduced to 70 GWh/day during March 23-24.

Moreover, the strike resumed again on March 28 for a period of 24 hours with limited sendout to the grid, Fluxys said.

Dunkerque LNG’s data shows that the sendout was reduced to 70 GWh/day until March 29, 06:00 CET. The terminal’s maximum capacity is about 520 GWh/day.

Fluxys said in an emailed statement later on Wednesday that the Dunkirk LNG terminal “is up and running again.”

(Updated with a comment by Fluxys.)

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