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Total Strike Could Lead to Gas Shortages

February 22, 2010
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The Associated Press reports workers at all six of Total SA''s French refineries and six of its 31 fuel depots have been on strike for five days over the uncertain future of a plant in Dunkirk, in northern France. Their colleagues at ExxonMobil Corp.-owned Esso France''s two refineries are set to begin their own walkout soon. Together, the two refineries account for about 70 percent of France''s refining capacity. Total says it has fuel stocked away that it can draw on, though it has declined to say how many days that could last. The strike was sparked by workers'' concerns about the future of the Dunkirk refinery. Total says it is preparing new uses for the Dunkirk site, and the company says its activities have been stopped since September because of a drop in consumption of petroleum products manufactured there.
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