Exxon temporarily limits French oil product supply to customers

Strikes over pay at ExxonMobil's oil refineries in France have forced the firm to limit refined product supply to its customers, a spokesperson told Reuters.

"We have temporarily put limitations in place for customers in accordance with the terms of our supply contracts. We have a supply response team in place to supply product from unaffected sources," the spokesperson said.

French unions CGT and Force Ouvriere called a strike following wage negotiations with ExxonMobil related to rising inflation in Europe.

This forced Exxon to shut its 240,000 barrel per day (bpd) Port Jerome-Gravenchon oil refinery, the Notre Dame de Gravenchon Petrochemical site, and the 140,000 bpd Fos-Sur-Mer refinery.

The shutdowns were completed on the weekend of Sept. 24. ExxonMobil's terminals are not affected, the spokesperson said.

France's refined products sector is under strain as a result of strike action over pay and unplanned maintenance which have led to more than 60% of its refining capacity being taken off line.