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North Lincolnshire Lindsey oil refinery may be sold

Lindsey oil refinery
About 1,500 people work at Lindsey oil refinery

The owners of Lindsey oil refinery in North Lincolnshire are planning to sell the complex to cut production levels.

About 1,500 people work at the site, which was hit by a wave of strikes last year over the use of foreign workers.

The action led to industrial unrest at similar sites around the UK escalating the row over foreign contractors.

Total's chief executive Christophe de Margerie revealed the news on a French radio station. The Unite union is demanding urgent talks with Total.

The Lindsey plant, which produces more than 200,000 barrels of oil a day, is Britain's third largest oil refinery.

Total is aiming to cut production across the country by 500,000 barrels a day by 2011.

Speaking on Europe 1, Mr de Margerie said: "We need to sell it, yes one can put it like that."

Bernard McAuley, national officer for Unite, said the comments were "extremely disappointing" and said he was looking for talks with Total "as a matter of urgency".



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