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Total Stops Commercial Gas Production at Pyrenean Field

Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Total SA, Europe’s third-biggest oil company, 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. Paris-based 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 percent of France’s energy needs, with most coming from Norway, the Netherlands, Algeria and Russia, according to the French Energy Ministry’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tara Patel in Paris at tpatel2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net

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