A looming energy crisis following Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to dominate Europe’s agenda.
Restrictions on fuel sales were imposed on Wednesday by another French regional administration, joining several others amid continued strikes at oil refineries, local authorities said.
The southern department of Pyrénées-Orientales has joined other regions, including Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes and Hérault, in capping purchases of small vehicles at 30 liters ( about 8 gallons) of fuel per day, while larger vehicles will be able to receive 120 liters per day, the local administration said on Twitter.
Some priority vehicles, such as fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, school buses, farmers and cold food chain vehicles, will receive special fuel quotas under the measures that are expected to end Friday.
Authorities have vowed to end the country’s ongoing fuel shortage, despite a call from the country’s largest union to resist a government move to force striking oil refinery workers back to work.
France’s Ecological Transition Ministry said on Wednesday it would force strikers at a refinery in northern Normandy to work as the country faces gas shortages.
Workers at the ExxonMobil refinery in Gravenchon-Port-Jérôme, among others, went on strike for better wages and working conditions.
As a result, a third of French service stations are struggling with supply bottlenecks.
Long queues are seen outside petrol stations which are always stocked with petrol.
Polish pipeline operator PERN said on Wednesday it detected a leak on Tuesday evening in one of two lines of the Druzhba pipeline, the main line carrying Russian oil to Germany.
The leak, on one of the two strands of the western section of the pipeline, was discovered in the town of Wloclawek, 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the country’s oil hub, Plock, in the center of Poland, PERN said in a press release.
“The cause of the incident is unknown at this time – pumping in the damaged pipe was immediately stopped. The other pipeline is operating unchanged,” he said.
“The spill of semi-finished crude oil from the PERN-operated pipeline occurred from a pipe averaging 80 cm with a pressure of 30 atm,” the spokesman for the companies told reporters. firefighters, Karol Kierzkowski.
He said firefighters are operating near the village of Zurawice in the neighboring municipality of Boniewo.
“We are still investigating the leak in a nearby corn field. It’s not easy, because everything is obscured by the semi-finished oil that has spilled into the field,” Kierzkowski told the agency on Wednesday morning. Polish PAP press.
He said the leak would cause environmental damage.
The Belgian government on Tuesday announced taxes on the income of energy companies in a bid to raise 3.1 billion euros ($3.01 billion).
Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten said in a tweet that they plan to receive crisis contributions from power generators and fossil fuel companies amid the energy crisis European countries are facing. faced as Russia threatens to cut off gas supplies to Europe.
The tax on energy companies with a turnover of more than 180 euros per MWh is expected to bring in 3.1 billion euros from January 2022 to June 2023.
She indicated that the assistance with the energy bill to be provided to households has been extended until March thanks to the crisis contribution.
An additional discount of €588 will be given on the country’s gas and electricity bills for the months of January, February and March.
The government will pay a total of €980 to households for gas and electricity bills this winter, she added.
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