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Denmark fines Total for discharging chemicals into North Sea - report

FILE PHOTO: The logo of French oil giant Total is seen at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie, near Paris, France. May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

(Reuters) - Denmark has fined French oil and gas major Total (TOTF.PA) 500,000 Danish crowns ($75,145) for the discharge of chemicals in the North Sea by a company it bought in 2017, Danish broadcaster DR said on Tuesday.

Maersk Oil, the former oil unit of shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO), was originally reported to the police by the Danish environmental protection agency in 2017.

Total bought Maersk Oil in a $7.45 billion deal the same year.

“The lack of compliance is both regrettable and unacceptable,” a spokeswoman for Total told DR.

Danish police confirmed they had fined Total.

Total was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Editing by Louise Heavens

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