The Algarve region and Lisbon airport will force the government to mobilize a third shift of truck fuel supply this Tuesday night, August 13, the second day of the strike by hazardous material truckers in Portugal.
According to the Minister of Environment and Energy Transition, “a third shift will take place tonight, only with security forces and the Armed Forces, with eight teams from the Sines refinery to the Algarve, with the aim of strengthening the stocks“.
According to José Pedro Matos Fernandes, the improvement in supply numbers that occurred in the Algarve region “is not enough”, that is, the failure verified yesterday “was not supplied with today's supply”.
Data released by the Minister of the Environment indicate that yesterday, at 6 pm, at the gas stations included in the REPA (Strategic Network of Gas Stations), the level of stored diesel increased from 38% to 51%, while the level of gasoline rose. from 46% to 49%.
Specifically in the Algarve, the situation presented by the ruler is more perplexing: at 18 o'clock today the level of diesel in the REPA network was 27% (22% at 18 o'clock yesterday), while in gasoline it was 29% (23 % YoY).
"We are still doing the evaluation on the possibility of doing a third night shift for the supply to Lisbon airport, where, evidently, yesterday the minimum services were not fulfilled," revealed Matos Fernandes, at the press conference to make the point. of the situation.
According to the Minister of the Environment, yesterday, 119 fuel loads were scheduled for road transport to the capital's airport, but only 44 were done. “Today, all the scheduled services were performed, but probably when we reach the end of the day. today, we will need to do a third shift, ”fueling the capital's airport by road from Aveiras de Cima.
Matos Fernandes also said that at 6 pm today, Lisbon airport had a level of aircraft fuel capacity of 54.5%, while Faro airport had a capacity of 94%. Porto airport is supplied by pipeline not suffering any fuel constraints due to the strike of the three truck unions.
The Minister of the Environment also revealed that today 200 Armed Forces and Security Forces personnel were present to respond to the needs of the civil requisition issued yesterday, but only 10 teams came into operation, six of the Security Forces (PSP and GNR) and four of the Armed forces.
“The civil requisition has been adjusted to our concerns,” Matos Fernandes said, thus justifying the number of security forces and members of the Armed Forces that were mobilized to cope with this driver stoppage.
The Environment Minister also explained that it is wrong to be talking about eight hours of work a day because, in his opinion, in the road haulage sector, the legislation stipulates 60 hours a week, indicating a maximum cumulative average of 48 hours. for a consecutive period of four weeks.
"We want the strike to end quickly, but we will continue to set the minimum services for the security forces and the Armed Forces from tomorrow, concentrating at the end of the day on the supply of the necessary service," said Matos Fernandes. , adding that it believes that tomorrow it will be possible to mobilize fewer members of the Armed Forces and security forces to fill the gaps caused by the truckers strike.