Sunday, March 24, 2019

Northern France News

Atkins Wins French Offshore Windfarm Contract

Pic: Atkins Global

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been appointed to deliver the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and Detailed Design of wind turbine jacket substructures for St Brieuc Offshore Windfarm…

France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

Photo: OEE

French Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, announced preliminary studies to the launch of a tidal energy tender in Paris yesterday evening. The announcement…

French Unions Block Fuel Depots

Roadblock outside Total's La Mede refinery as labour reform set to enter law in coming days. French trade unionists blocked access on Monday to several fuel depots in protest against an overhaul of employment laws…

Total Halts Some Units at Gonfreville Refinery Following Incident

French oil and gas company Total has shut down some units at its 247,000 barrels-per-day Gonfreville refinery in northern France following a technical incident, a spokesman said on Monday. The…

CGT Union Calls for French Port Strike

France's CGT union is calling for a nationwide port strike on June 23 and June 28 as part of ongoing protests against the government's labour reform bill, the union said in a statement on Wednesday.

French CGT Union Suspends Strike at CIM Oil Port Terminal

French CGT union workers at the CIM oil port terminal in Le Havre, northern France, which handles about 40 percent of French crude imports, have suspended their strike and will resume work on Friday evening, a union official told Reuters.

Striking French Oil Workers Meet Friday Over Next Steps

Oil sector workers of the CGT trade union will hold general assembly meetings on Friday to determine their next steps in the strike action that has disrupted fuel supplies and public transport, two union officials said on Thursday.

French Oil and Port Workers Vote to Begin New Strikes

Oil sector workers of French CGT and FO unions voted on Monday to begin a strike at Exxon Mobil's 240,000 barrels-per-day Port Jerome refinery in northern France, the unions said in a joint statement.

Exxon: French Strike Has No Impact on Refinery Output

The ongoing anti-labour reform strike that has paralysed some sectors of the French oil industry and disrupted fuel supply has not impacted output at Exxon Mobil's two refineries, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

Protests Greet Australia's first Returning Nuclear Waste

Nuclear+Waste courtesy Alliance for Nuclear Accountability

Anti-nuclear protesters in rubber dinghies and water police shadowed a vessel carrying a shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste as it docked on Saturday at an Australian port after a two-month voyage from France.

Diesel Regains Glow for Europe's Refiners

European diesel refining profits are outperforming expectations as a string of shutdowns at diesel production units this autumn limits supplies. The sum of the works could take out close to 300…

Credit Agricole Stops Financing Coal Mining

French bank Credit Agricole said on Wednesday it would no longer finance coal mining or miners as lenders grow increasingly uneasy about funding coal due to environmental concerns. The decision…

Southern France Gas Trading Hubs to Merge

The two gas trading hubs in the south of France will merge on April 1, power trading group Powernext said on Tuesday, marking a first step towards a unified French gas platform aimed at preventing…

Strike Impacts Lube Output at Total's Gonfreville Refinery

A 72-hour strike at Total's Gonfreville refinery in northern France has halted production of base oils and reduced diesel output by about 10 percent, a CGT union official said on Tuesday. The French…

Total to Shut Lubricant Production Unit at Normandy Refinery

Total plans to shut a lubricant making unit at its Gonfreville refinery in northern France to focus on higher-quality automotive base oils, union sources said on Wednesday. The French oil company…

LyondellBasell Ends talks on Berre Refinery Sale

Refiner LyondellBasell said it had pulled out of talks to sell its Berre refinery in southeastern France to Monaco-based Sotragem, adding that the bid offered no guarantee that the mothballed site would restart.