Frontignan fuel depot blocked by railway workers and gilets jaunes

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Le dépôt de carburant de Frontignan bloqué par des cheminots et des gilets jaunes - 9/12/19 / © FTV - V.Banabera

Railway workers, gilets jaunes, and unions blocked the Hérault’s largest fuel depot at Frontignan on Sunday and Monday.

They arrived on the site of the fuel depot on the night of Sunday 8 to Monday 9 December, erecting barricades and fires so that no tankers could refuel on Monday morning.

Several accesses to the depot were blocked for a few hours.

At 10am, Monday morning the block was over and the trucks were already waiting to refuel.

This action was part of the national pension reform protest movement. Other fuel depots were blocked on Monday morning such as Grandpuits in Seine-et-Marne and Dijon.

The depot at Frontignan has 24 tanks, and a storage capacity of 966 600 m3. It is operated by the Hydrocarbon Deposit Management Company (GDH). Petroleum products are mainly transported to Sète by sea and tankers connect directly to a submarine pipeline (or sea-line). Between 1.3 and 1.9 million tonnes of diesel and oil and gas use this pipeline each year, for between 40 to 55 ships.

Source: France 3