Resumption of LNG activities at the Dunkirk terminal in France Ship’s crew


PARIS, (Reuters) – The disruption at the Fluxys liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal FLUX.BR in Dunkirk, northern France, ended on Friday morning, a company spokesman said, with shipping data showing a tanker carrying LNG from Russia had docked at the site.

Operations at the terminal have been disrupted since March 6 by strikes against the French government’s planned pension changes, which President Emmanuel Macron pushed through on Thursday without a parliamentary vote and sparked overnight unrest.

Refinitiv data showed the ship Fedor Litke carrying 160,000 billion cubic meters (bcm) of LNG from Yamal, Russia had arrived at the terminal, the first since the strike began.

“We have resumed our activities,” said a Fluxys spokesman.

A union representative said the morning shift had decided to follow the initial decision to reopen the terminal. The official added that a new general assembly is expected early next week, where members will vote on further disruptions.

The official said on Thursday evening that the action is expected to continue until Monday.

No vessels have yet been seen at the three other French LNG terminals operated by Engie ENGIE.PA subsidiary Elengy, a Refinitiv analyst said.

A spokesman for Elengy said the situation was unchanged at its sites, which are expected to remain in lockdown until March 21.

A general meeting is also expected next Tuesday, which will vote on whether the disruptions will continue.

(Reporting by Forrest Crellin; Editing by Jan Harvey and Mark Potter)

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