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BP North Sea gas field shut down over Iran

A major North Sea gas field has been shut down because production could break European Union sanctions against Iran.

BP's Rhum field, which is 240 miles north east of Aberdeen, is a joint venture between the oil giant and Iranian Oil.

BP is seeking clarification from the British government on how the sanctions, issued last month, apply.

It is capable of producing up to 5.9 million cubic meters of gas per day.

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