Fuel: For the leader of the Ferrandi Esso group in Corsica, “it will be an simple, social loss”
For Henri Ferrandi, leader of the Ferrandi Esso Group, which represents the island’s 27 stations, the promotional supply from Total represented “unfair competitors”. For now, the National Esso Group has not determined to match the reductions supplied by the competitors.
Government concessions to scale back vitality payments of customers got here into impact from Thursday. In the island, this has not but been applied in all petrol stations, particularly the Esso model. How do you clarify it?
People are ready to make use of up their gas reserves for the month of August to take benefit of the enhance in authorities subsidies at the moment. It ought to be understood that the quantity is purchased at a worth that fluctuates day by day, and that developed in any month when Russia invaded Ukraine.
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As of this morning, will your retailers even have a mechanical worth minimize?
With what is going on now, some stations will have to attend one other two or three days as a result of they will now not be capable of promote their inventory. And this, as a result of of the promotional provides of Total and Vito that entered the sport.
The entire query is whether or not the nationwide Esso group will accompany you by permitting you to remain in the race…
As now we have defined, we’re having issues with the Esso Group, and even when we nonetheless contact them, we aren’t totally glad with our request. Can he actually assist us and apply the identical low cost as Total and Vito? We are ready for the reply.
Can the difficulties be overcome?
It is hoped that these difficulties are solely short-term as they’ve solely existed since the first interval of Total’s business providing, the place now we have been related to them for 83 years.
What about the mainland. What is Esso’s posture?
What it’s worthwhile to perceive is that on the continent right this moment, Esso or different main oil teams comparable to Shell or BP don’t apply this exemption. Once once more, Esso argues that it has no method of serving to us by approaching and that we will be compelled to work on this alone, despite the fact that we nonetheless hope for a optimistic response. The letter from the President of Esso ought to arrive in nowadays.
What do you suppose of the rationalization?
If Total agrees to launch 20 cents per liter for the finish shopper, it’s only a political query. Earlier, petrol promotions did not exist, however neither did tremendous income.
There is fierce competitors with vital worth variations. If Esso does not observe you, what are the monetary penalties?
As of right this moment, we all know that we will shut some factors of sale that will not be ready to withstand this business supply.
Does the August 22 decree present for monetary compensation for distressed service station operators?
This is very legitimate for stations in rural areas For these lower than 500m33,000 euros and 6,000 euros help is feasible for these lower than 1,000 meters3. This issues some smaller retailers in the Esso community, however the support will solely cowl a fifth of their losses. As now we have all the time been current, we will accompany them in file formation if crucial.
Ferrandi Esso Group at a turning level. Should we actually worry a social breakdown?
It is simple. Without us there will be social breakdown. More so if Total continues, in the coming years, to pursue its business choices. Taking under consideration the quantity of stations, drivers, if every part is closed tomorrow, the jobs of 150 individuals are in danger.
Do you darken the picture in hopes of unblocking the scenario?
I’m not right here to darken the picture however to help our prospects who’ve adopted us for therefore a few years and to proceed working with an organization created by our grandparents.
On the different hand, motorists are comfortable that petrol costs have lastly come down…
They are proper. We perceive that. But we’re at the restrict of unfair competitors.
Are stations in rural areas extra threatened than stations in city areas?
Everyone is affected. As proof yesterday, the station situated in the center of the freeze noticed drops. Facilities at city stations are a store and a refreshment bar. 40% of Corsica’s Esso stations are situated in rural areas and so they typically signify the survival of a micro-region. In Corsica, much more than anyplace else, we want these gas retailers in areas the place folks want a automobile to go to work, buying or to the physician. This is what was mentioned throughout the assembly with the yellow vests in 2019.
You plan to convey these issues and these business difficulties to the new prefect of the haute-course. Is this appropriate?
At our request, we will settle for this afternoon (yesterday, editor’s observe). We know that the president of the CDC has additionally taken up the matter and has been in contact with the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin. This is an issue that we’re going to face each socially and economically.
What message is delivered?
We are in bother as a result of the supply solely began on Thursday, despite the fact that it will run for 4 months, so to talk. There are individuals who have requested us to cancel deliveries as a result of they do not promote something anymore. We hope that each the state and the CDC may help us get via this troublesome time and that will embrace intervention with Esso leaders.
The Competition Authority’s investigation into gas costs is but to be concluded. Group Act in opposition to excessive gas costs in Corsica nonetheless favors worth controls. Could this be an answer?
Perhaps, however the scenario right this moment is totally different as a result of Total provides a promotional supply even when there are worth controls in French abroad departments and areas. These are two separate points. Today, the Esso stations in Corsica are all in bother as a result of tomorrow if anybody survives, they will lose money. We are a historic and household group and now we have by no means confronted such difficulties. If there’s nonetheless different exercise, it’s the loss of life of Corsica’s gas distribution system.