Strike resumes at France’s Dunkirk LNG terminal

France’s Dunkirk LNG import terminal has reduced sendout to the grid due to a strike against the government’s pension reform.

“We can confirm that the strike at the Dunkirk LNG terminal has resumed today, March 6, at 6am for a period of 24 hours,” Belgium’s Fluxys told LNG Prime on Thursday.

The sendout of the terminal will be reduced during this period, the firm said.

According to data by Dunkerque LNG, the operator of the Dunkirk LNG facility led by Fluxys, the delivery capacity is reduced to 70 GWh/d.

The terminal’s maximum capacity is about 520 GWh/day.

Dunkerque LNG first 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”.

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, and the LNG terminal resumed normal operations on February 29.

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

Elengy, a unit of Engie’s GRTgaz, 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.

Elengy 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 said last week that the LNG terminals will remain shut due to the strike.

According to scheduled nominations on Thursday, there is no activity at the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal.

However, Elengy posted sendout quantities for both the Montoir-de-Bretagne facility and the Fos Tonkin terminal on Wednesday and Thursday.

The sendout allocations on Wednesday were at 96.5 GWh per day and on Thursday at 119.5 GWh per day for both of the terminals, the data shows.

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