Total says Myanmar operation unaffected by cyclone

HONG KONG Tue May 6, 2008 12:44pm BST

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HONG KONG May 6 (Reuters) - French oil firm Total SA (TOTF.PA) is operating normally in Myanmar after a devastating cyclone hit the country on Saturday, a company spokesman said.

"Our production is stable," the spokesman said by telephone from Paris, Total's headquarters. Asked if Cyclone Nargis, which killed at least 15,000 people in the army-ruled Southeast Asian nation, had affected operations in any way, he said: "No."

Total operates the offshore Yadana gas field and a pipeline that runs to the shore and then overland to the Thai border.

The spokesman said the company was not aware of any victims among its employees on site and it was checking the headcount of staff in the capital Yangon.

Total is one of the biggest foreign investors in Myanmar and owns 31 percent of the Yadana field. Its joint venture partners are Chevron Corp (CVX.N), Thailand's PTT (PTT.BK) and state-owned Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise.

A spokeswoman for Chevron Corp (CVX.N) referred questions about Myanmar to Total. (Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by James Jukwey)

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