The connection between the French and German oil industry suffered a slight set-back in September.
The Fos-sur-Mer port on the French Riviera experienced a steep fall in crude imports due to an earlier rupture of a Societe de Pipeline du Sud-Ouest (SPSO) oil pipeline connecting the port with Karlsruhe, Germany.
Around 4,000m3 of oil spilled when the underground pipeline burst on 7 August on the edge of France's Camargue national park. As a result, oil imports for French refineries fell 41% while imports for foreign refineries dropped 61%. Matters should not improve before mid-December, SPSO spokeswoman Laure Carougeau says.
The crude shortage has impacted petrochemicals at Totals 119,000 barrel a day Feyzin refinery in the Rhone Valley and at Petro plus Holdings 68,000 barrel a day Cressier refinery in Switzerland where productions fell to a minimum. Production ceased entirely at Petropluss 77,000 barrels a Reichstett refinery in the north of France. Germany's Karlsruhe refinery was also impacted.
Esso Raffinages Fos refinery, which takes its crude directly through its own pipeline was unscathed.
The economic downturn is the only force to have impacted refined products trade through Fos dropped in September, with a 17% reduction.