Will the French see their holidays turn sour because of a fuel shortage this summer? All the answers from an expert here.
The concern arose from an interview with Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He revealed he feared a petrol shortage in Europe this summer. In particular diesel and paraffin, caused by the increase in fuel demand in Europe, but also in the United States, with the arrival of the summer holidays.
Will there be enough fuel for everyone?
Fortunately, Olivier Gantois, the president of Ufip Energies and Mobilities, which brings together the major oil groups in France, wanted to be reassuring: we do not foresee a shortage in France, neither of crude oil nor of diesel.
27 euros more fuel per month, 32 euros for energy bills and around 30 euros more for everyday consumer products this summer…
Inflation could cost 90 euros more on average per month for the French
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Supplies are already organized. Fortunately, we do not wait until July 3 to wonder if we will have fuel for service stations for the following weekend, he announced.
Prices will remain high, or even continue to rise.
However, he added that the price per liter of fuel will remain at a high level. And this, despite the discount of 18 cents granted by the government, in effect until July 31. Indeed, faced with the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine, Olivier Gantois was rather pessimistic, my prediction, for what it is worth, is that prices will remain high, or even continue to increase, he said. -he declares.
Risk of gasoline shortage this summer? The Minister of Energy Transition not really comfortable
Invited to Franceinfo, the Minister for Energy Transition was asked about the risk of a gasoline shortage in France this summer. And his speech, borrowed, is not made to reassure.
This Thursday, June 2, on the airwaves of Franceinfo, the Minister of Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher was questioned in particular on the risk of fuel shortage estimated by the International Energy Agency (IEA), and which, according to its executive director Fatih Birol, could occur this summer in France and throughout Europe: In any case, we are taking action.
We have strategic storage, began the minister. Cut, however, by the Franceinfo reporter: Stocks that are fully filled at the moment?, the Minister then seemed embarrassed, eventually responding, almost stammering: Which are not fully filled, because we took one party to manage tensions.
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Did you say tongue-in-cheek?
Unable to say at what level French fuel stocks are currently filled (I would give you a figure which would be imprecise (sic!), Agnès Pannier-Runacher then tried to drown the fish, clumsily trying to refocus the debate on the mobilization of all the energy actors to deal with this situation. But the journalist, attracted by the smell of the bazaar, feeling the minister visibly destabilized, insists:
Is there a risk of shortage in French service stations this summer?, a question to which the minister did not strictly answer. Selected excerpts:
We do not have a vocation to suddenly reduce our oil imports (from Russia, editor’s note) but we have a vocation to diversify the origin the International Energy Agency has announced a risk of a critical situation for all of Europe, in saying get ready.
We have an interest in accelerating the conversion to hybrid and electric vehicles. Accordingly, if we were generously served in terms of lack of clarity, for the rest.
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