Oil companies denounce that the minimum supply in Portugal is not met

Oil companies denounce that the minimum supply in Portugal is not met


Lisbon, Apr 17 (EFECOM) .- The Portuguese Association of Petrol Companies (Apetro) denounces today that the minimum services decreed for the strike of fuel transporters are not being met, which provide a 40% supply of the usual capacity of the service stations.

"There has been no supply, we do not have the minimum services that were established," João Reis, of Apetro, told EFE, who said that the situation "is beginning to worsen in a complicated way."

Reis said that "vehicles are not leaving the storage facilities to meet that 40% in Lisbon and the Oporto region," the two areas of the country protected by those minimums.

This Wednesday, the third day of strike of transporters, more than 2,700 of the 3,068 refueling points that exist already present lack of diesel, gasoline or both.

From the first hour of the morning, hundreds of vehicles are produced in petrol stations, mainly in search of diesel, which is no longer found in almost 1,500 service stations in Portugal.

In the country since last night the situation of alert due to energy crisis has been in force since this Tuesday caused unemployment in Lisbon and Faro airports, as well as the collapse of traffic in some areas as a result of queues for refueling.

The alert statement allows the mobilization of military and security forces to guarantee the supply of fuel and forces the drivers of heavy vehicles to help with the transportation of fuels if requested by the authorities.

In addition, it gives priority to the emergency and security forces at the time of refueling.

Before the declaration of emergency, the Portuguese Government had already approved in the Council of Ministers the so-called "civil requisition", a legal instrument that allows to shield some minimum operations to guarantee the operation of the essential services.

The established minimums were a normal supply for hospitals, air bases, firefighters, ports and airports, while the demand for gas stations would be satisfied up to 40%, although only in the metropolitan area of ​​Lisbon and Oporto.

Now, the Executive of the socialist António Costa plans to extend this measure to the rest of the country.

"The Government is in contact," Costa said today in Parliament, with the main actors involved "to extend what is necessary to extend the minimum services, to ensure the supply."

The strike, which started on Monday and will continue indefinitely, is called by the National Union of Hazardous Goods Transporters, which demands that a specific professional category be created for these workers.

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