Total mulls over methane terminal at Dunkirk

Total SA is mulling construction of a methane terminal at Dunkirk as well as diversification of its overall refining business, Industry Minister Christian Estrosi told the National Assembly.

Doris Leblond
OGJ Correspondent

PARIS, Jan. 28 -- Total SA is mulling construction of a methane terminal at Dunkirk as well as diversification of its overall refining business, Industry Minister Christian Estrosi told the National Assembly.

Total told Estrosi of the potential methane terminal without addressing rumors and press reports that the company has decided to shut down the Dunkirk refinery. Total refuses to comment prior to a meeting with workers scheduled Feb. 1.

Estrosi was questioned by National Assembly deputies worried that a shutdown would put 350 jobs at risk at the refinery and 400 within subcontracting companies in a time of high unemployment in France.

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