June 11, 2018 / 8:16 AM / in a year

Total says no impact from farmers' blockade on refinery operations

French farmers, members of the FNSEA, the country's largest farmers' union, stand near tractors as they protest outside the Total biodiesel refinery at La Mede near Fos-sur-Mer, France, June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s Total said personnel from the oil and gas company had access to four refineries in France and a blockade of the sites by farmers had not had an impact on operations.

Total, which operates four of France’s seven refineries, said the blockade was, however, hampering the distribution of products by road from four refineries and six depots. It said service was normal at its 2,200 petrol stations in France.

French farmers blocked access to oil depots and refineries using tonnes of onions, wood and rubble as part of a three-day protest against plans to allow Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuel plant.

Reporting by Bate Felix

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