Total stops commercial gas production at depleted Pyrenean field

10/21/2013

Total stops commercial gas production at depleted Pyrenean field

BY TARA PATEL

PARIS (Bloomberg) -- Total, stopped commercial production of natural gas at the Pyrenean Lacq field in southwestern France as resources ran dry, according to an energy lobby group.

The oil producer halted output at the deposit this week, Jacques Sallibartant, head of the Friends of Drillers group, said by telephone. A company official declined to comment.

Total began operating the Lacq field in 1957. Its shutdown comes as the company’s plans to explore for gas elsewhere in France are thwarted by a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Total had intended to hunt for shale gas at its Montelimar permit in the south of the country to increase domestic output.

Natural gas meets about 15 % of France’s energy needs, with most coming from Norway, the Netherlands, Algeria and Russia, according to the French Energy Ministry’s website.

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