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Cars Total wants to eliminate refining at Grandpuits: employees block the fuel depot

14:15  13 october  2020
14:15  13 october  2020 Source:   latribune.fr

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Total said today it will cease conventional refining at its 93,000 b/d Grandpuits facility near Paris in the first quarter of 2021. The firm plans to invest more than €500mn (4mn) to turn the site into a biorefinery, as repairing the pipeline linking it to Le Havre would be too costly.

Total said today it will cease conventional refining at its 93,000 b/d Grandpuits facility near Paris in the first quarter of 2021. The firm plans to invest more than €500mn (4mn) to turn the site into a biorefinery, as repairing the pipeline linking it to Le Havre would be too costly.

  Total veut supprimer le raffinage à Grandpuits: des salariés bloquent le dépôt de carburant © Supplied by La Tribune

Fuel shipments were severely disrupted Tuesday morning at Total's refinery in Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne), blocked by employees demonstrating against the site's reconversion project, the CGT told AFP.

"We created a makeshift dam with pallets to block the entrance to the refinery" from 4:00 am, declared Adrien Cornet, CGT delegate, majority union at the initiative of this action.

"Product shipments are disrupted but Total will continue to ensure supplies to its network of service stations and to its customers," Total told AFP.

The rotation of the 300 daily tankers blocked

A total of 270 heavy goods vehicles, unable to recover their loads - i.e. 35,000 liters of fuel each - had to be deported to other depots, which represents almost all of the some 300 trucks pass through the site every day, according to the CGT.

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Total and the Ile-de-France region intend to launch a campaign to attract other industries to the property made available at the Grandpuits site This initiative will contribute to France’s roadmap for deploying sustainable aviation fuel , which calls for an incorporation target into aviation fuel of 2% by

“ Grandpuits will remain a major industrial site drawing on the know-how and expertise of its teams Of the 400 jobs at the Grandpuits platform and its associated Gargenville (Yvelines) depot today About Total Total is a broad energy company that produces and markets fuels , natural gas and

This action is part of the strike voted on Monday during a general meeting which brought together more than 200 employees, and must continue until the beginning of the afternoon, "at least", before an appointment -you with the management, underlined Mr. Cornet.

A green conversion project without layoffs

Total announced in September that refining at Grandpuits would cease "at the end of 2023". It must give way to a conversion project focused on the production of biofuels and bioplastics, and the operation of two solar photovoltaic plants, according to the oil giant.

With a budget of 500 million euros, this redeployment will not lead to any layoffs but to early retirement and internal mobility to other sites, Total said.

250 jobs out of the 400 that the Grandpuits platform and the associated depot at Gargenville (Yvelines) today will be maintained, he detailed in a press release.

Employees fear 700 job cuts and greewashing

But the CGT for its part fears the removal of "700 jobs", direct and indirect. "We want a large-scale project for the refinery, really green and not 'greenwashing'," said Cornet, denouncing a "macabre project" which worries many employees.

"We are asking for writings, commitments" to preserve jobs, he added.

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