By INTI LANDAURO
PARIS -- French industry minister Arnaud Montebourg said
Tuesday that Indonesia's state-owned oil company Pertamina is
interested in the LyondellBasell-owned Berre oil
refinery in southern France.
The refinery is in the process of being mothballed.
"The minister and his team are fully committed to try to
make a solution with future for the refinery and its employees," the
ministry said Tuesday in a statement.
The LyondellBasell refinery is under restructuring and
its refining units are being mothballed
through to the end of 2013 after the company was unable to find
The refinery would be the third to stop operations in France
over the past years as the whole business lost profitability
because of low demand in the region, overcapacity and rising
competition from refiners in the Middle East and Asia.
A fourth refinery is in trouble in
Petit-Couronne on the country's northern coast after its owner,
Swiss-based company Petroplus, filed for protection from
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