France’s Elengy says strike at two LNG terminals extended

Strike action at Elengy’s Fos Tonkin and Fos Cavaou LNG import terminals in France has been extended for two more days.

“Due to the continuation of the strike movement, Elengy has extended its notice to reduce emissions from the Fos Cavaou and Fos Tonkin terminals until February 15,” a spokeswoman for Elengy, a unit of Engie’s GRTgaz, told LNG Prime late on Tuesday.

“The next CGT general assembly will take place on Thursday to decide on the continuation of the strike,” she said.

The spokeswoman said on Monday that the company’s management and the union organizations have been in negotiations since January about salary complements for 2024 and that “discussions continue” with France’s General Confederation of Labour (CGT).

According to Elengy’s data, Fos Cavaou sendout was reduced to about 45 GWh/d on February 9-13, while there was no sendout from Fos Tonkin during the period.

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

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

Launched in 1972, the Fos Tonkin LNG terminal has a capacity of about 1.5 bcm, while the Fos Cavaou terminal, which launched in 2010, has a capacity of about 10 bcm,

Last year, operations at Elengy’s LNG terminals were also affected due to a strike against the government’s pension reform.

Besides these three facilities, France also has the Dunkirk onshore LNG terminal and the Le Havre FSRU-based LNG import terminal, operated by TotalEnergies.

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