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Total: Dunkirk refinery to be closed

French media report that Total (Paris La Défense / France; www.total.com) intends to close the "Raffinerie des Flandres” in Dunkirk / France this year and turn it into a tank farm. Blaming a structural decline in demand for the petrochemical products produced at the refinery, Total idled the site in mid-September 2009.

How the closure will affect the downstream activities of Polimeri Europa (Milano / Italy; www.polimerieuropa.com), located nearby, remains a mystery. Neither Polimeri nor Total wanted to comment on the matter. It is likely that Polimeri's facilities get their gas from Norway, via the "Franpipe” pipeline, which ends in Dunkirk.

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