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Fuel Strike Crisis starts with Emergency Posts already sold out

fuel strikeSome pumps at fuel stations belonging to the Government’s Strategic Supply Network (REPA) are already empty. The fuel strike kicked off today, Monday the 12th of August, and the effects are clearly visible in the Algarve.

Even so, the scene at some stations could even be described as calm, because even though the strike has started, many people took last week as an opportunity to prepare for the possible crisis which could ensue this week. This lack of queues at many stations across the Algarve may be the calm before the storm, and at least for now there is no rush to the gas stations.

According to the data provided by the website “Já não dá para abastecer”, which monitors the availability of fuel and diesel at stations across the country, in the Algarve there are only eight gas stations that still have petrol. Moreover, 75 no longer have neither petrol nor diesel. However it is nothing that whilst being previously reliable, this is not official information.

Pumps at stations belonging to the Strategic Supply Network, which has been specially designed to cope with this situation, have been capped at a limit of 15 litres per person, whereas at all other stations, the limit is 25 litres. This is of course if there is any fuel in the first place.

At a time when the Algarve’s population has tripled due to the influx of tourists, there were worries that this strike may affect the operation of the hotel industry, but the National Entity of the Energy Sector (ENSE) has ensured the public that the region will full gas deposits for both hotels and hospitals. An ENSE official has assured Prime Minister António Costa that "there are autonomous gas units in the Algarve that have enough fuel for seven or eight days."

The strike currently has no end in sight, which is a worrying prospect when by late morning today there was already no fuel available at almost 28% of the country's stations.

A list of Strategic Supply Network stations can be found here: http://www.ense-epe.pt/rede-de-emergencia-de-postos-de-abastecimento-repa/

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0 #7 mj1 2019-08-14 14:15
surprises me after the strike a few years ago that airports and key petrol stations are now not linked with pipework so there can be no blackmail about tankers delivering fuel
+3 #6 sagalaut 2019-08-14 11:26
They are earning 700 a month and are striking for 900. Still peanuts. In the UK the earn 20-40k per year.
0 #5 Maxwell 2019-08-13 19:24
Why is it so often like pulling teeth to get anywhere near the reality of life today in Portugal? For example the fuel drivers complaining that their union is run by the fuel company owners. Or more strange - the drivers lawyer telling us that the drivers are prepared to drive for no more than 8 hours a day but often are out and about for 12 or even 15 hours a day. Even before Portugal joined the EU tachographs were supposed to limit lorry driving hours - so are these tachographs disconnected? As elsewhere in the 2nd and 3rd world - a tired fuel driver flipping their truck over is a bonanza for locals. Until one approaches smoking. Then nobody is collecting green shield stamps that day.
0 #4 Chip 2019-08-13 11:37
According to the BBC website Police and the Army are driving the tankers.

Mind you, it's a long time since the BBC printed anything truthful.
0 #3 Chip 2019-08-13 11:10
Bring it in from Spain. I'm sure their tanker drivers would relish some overtime.
+2 #2 Jack Reacher 2019-08-13 10:27
..and yet hundreds of speedboats still ply the coastline taking tourists on their jolly cave sight seeing tours. Are they stockpiling fuel? TIP
0 #1 Peter Booker 2019-08-13 07:30
By the word "gas" I suppose you mean both petrol and diesel, Ed? I expect that most people, and probably businesses too, will drive over the border if they need fuel. For many in the Algarve, Spain is not far away.

The strike is not about deliveries of fuel only. It is about any business that uses road borne transport. I expect there to be shortages in the supermarkets, especially of fresh foods. And increasing piles of rubbish not collected in the normal way.

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