Eight teams of security forces and the Armed Forces will make a third shift on Tuesday night between Sines and the Algarve to replenish stocks at the region's gas stations, the government announced today.
In a late afternoon press conference to take stock of the daily strike of drivers of hazardous materials, the Minister of Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, admitted that in the Algarve, fuel levels were “below national average ”during the morning of Tuesday, after non-compliance with minimum services.
Diesel and gasoline deposits at the 22 stations in the Algarve Emergency Service Network (REPA) did not exceed, on Tuesday morning, about 20% of available capacity, figures that greatly worried the executive.
According to the minister, there was “an improvement” throughout the day, rising at 6:00 pm on Tuesday to 27% and 29% in gasoline and diesel deposits, respectively.
As the available capacity in the Algarve region is not enough, Matos Fernandes explained that eight teams of security forces and the Armed Forces will make a third shift throughout the night.
“There are eight teams going out from Sines to the Algarve tonight to replenish stocks, as the improvement we felt today was not enough to bring stocks back to safer levels,” he said. the minister.
Matos Fernandes also said that Faro Airport has a capacity of 94% and “does not raise any problems at this time”.
The energy crisis situation has been active since Monday, the day the dangerous drivers' strike began, whose non-compliance with minimum services has already led the government to decree its civil requisition.
According to João Pedro Matos Fernandes, 14 workers did not comply with the civil request, claiming sick leave – three of the cases were registered in the Algarve – and most have already been notified of the fact that they are committing a crime of disobedience.