France's Total flees Texas hurricane

23rd September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 22 (AFP) - The French oil company Total said on Thursday it had shut down all its operations in the Texas Gulf Coast region, evacuating staff from a dozen sites including a large refinery at Port Arthur.

PARIS, Sept 22 (AFP) - The French oil company Total said on Thursday it had shut down all its operations in the Texas Gulf Coast region, evacuating staff from a dozen sites including a large refinery at Port Arthur.

Other oil majors were also shutting down their operations as Hurricane Rita, one of the biggest storms ever recorded in the region, bore down on the Texas coast.

A spokesman for the company at its headquarters in Paris said some 1,000 local staff had been evacuated, as well as around 100 expatriates.

The company evacuated its offshore Virgo oil platform, in the Gulf of Mexico, on Wednesday.

The hurricane is expected to make a landfall on the Texas coast early on Saturday.

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