Total Fined for North Sea Chemical Discharge

July 9, 2019

© Torsten Grieger / Adobe Stock
© Torsten Grieger / Adobe Stock

Denmark has fined French oil and gas major Total 500,000 Danish crowns ($75,145) for the discharge of chemicals in the North Sea by a company it bought in 2017, Danish broadcaster DR said on Tuesday.

Maersk Oil, the former oil unit of shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, was originally reported to the police by the Danish environmental protection agency in 2017.

Total bought Maersk Oil in a $7.45 billion deal the same year.

"The lack of compliance is both regrettable and unacceptable," a spokeswoman for Total told DR.

Danish police confirmed they had fined Total.

Total was not immediately available for comment.


($1 = 6.6538 Danish crowns)

(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Editing by Louise Heavens)

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