Total halts production at Normandy refinery after fire

LONDON: French oil-and-gas giant Total SA halted refining at its plant in the Normandy region following a fire on Saturday morning.

The fire in one of the plant’s refinery units that started at about 4 am is under control and its intensity has been greatly reduced, Total said in a statement.

It’s too soon to know what the impact will be on production, a Total spokesman said. Refining has been suspended but the Normandy site’s petrochemicals units continue to operate.

“Total is doing all it can to prevent the interruption at the site from impacting fuel supplies,” the company said.