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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: international 1968
Year 1968, Volume IV (1970)

Nahai, L.
France,   pp. 237-265 ff. PDF (3.1 MB)


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THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF FRANCE 
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36.7; other Africa 3.3; North America 0.8; and France 0.5. Of the total world
output by French companies, Compagnie Française des Pétroles
accounted for 48.4 million tons and ERAP—SNPA 20.6 million tons. Crude
production is expected in Tunisia. 
 Consumption. — Internal civilian consumption for all products totaled
62.9 million tons, an increase of 10 percent compared with the 13.9-percent
increase in 1967. Events of May caused a decrease in consumption of some
products. Consumption by type of products and variation compared with 1967
are shown in the following tabulation:18 
Consump- 
tion 
Per- 
cent 
1968/ 
1967 
Product 
(thou- 
sand 
tons) 
of 
total 
van- 
ation 
(percent) 
Motor gasoline      
Jet fuel and kerosine_ - 
Gas oil            
Domestic fuel oil     
Light fuel oil        
Heavy fuel oil       
Petrochemical base.~_ 
White spirits and special gasoline    
LPG and similar 
10,689 
1 1,250 
3,885 
23,122 
2,332 
13,603 
P2,000 
 168 
17.0 
2.0 
6.1 
36.8 
4.0 
21.6 
3.1 
2 
 8 
 1.5 
11 
18 
—2 
 6 
26 
 3 
 products        Lubricants         
2,576 
 767 
4.0 
1.2 
—2 
 1.5 
Bitumen           
2,380 
3.8 
5 
Paraffin, wax, and petroleum coke     
Total        
168 
.2 
2.4 
62,939 
100.0 
10.0 
 '  Preliminary. 
 i Includes 60,000 tons of aviation fuel. 
 Petroleum for products and energy uses totaled 57.5 million tons. 
 Taxes on gasolines and gas-oil were increased three times during the year—on
January 1, August 1, and December 1. As a result on January 1, 1969 taxes
accounted for 76 percent of the price of regular gasoline, 74 percent of
the price of premium gasoline, and 67 percent of price of gas-oil at the
gasoline stations. These prices were 87 cents per gallon for premium gasolines,
80 cents for regular gasoline, and 54 cents for gas-oil at the pump. Custom
duties, taxes, and other duties on petroleum accounted for about 10 percent
of budgetary receipts. 
 In 1968 French companies as a whole held 50.9 percent of the market for
all petroleum products; the remainder was met by affiliates of international
oil companies. The 1968 share of markets was as follows in percents: Compagnie
Française des 
Pétroles $23.72; Esso 12.22, Elf-ERAP 
12.96, Shell 16.91; BP 11.09; Antar 10.22; 
Mobil 5.30; French Independents 3.99; and 
Purfina 3.53. 
 Trade.—In 1968 crude oil imports increased by 7.8 percent to 77.2
million tons, of which 37,380,000 tons came from the Middle East and 24,866,000
from the Franc zone. Principal supplying countries and corresponding imports
in thousand tons were as follows: Algeria 24,429; Iraq 15,160, Libya 10,818;
Kuwait 7,282; Saudi Arabia 3,986; Oman-Abu Dhabi 5,046, Qatar 2,898, Iran
3,009; Venezuela 2,345 and U.S.S.R. 1,554. Product imports increased slightly
to 5.2 million tons from 4.9 million tons in 1967. 
 Exports of products totaled 10.9 million tons including about half a million
tons 
 18 Comitd Professionel du Pdtrole. Elements Statistiques, Activitd de l'Industnie
Pétrollère. (Statistical Data, The Activity of the Petroleum
Industry). 1968. Paris, France. V. 1, 1968, p. C 7. 
Table 11.—France: Nominal capacity of petroleum refineries on 
December 31, 1968' 
(Thousand tons per year) 
Company and location Capacity 
Société Française des Pétroles BP: 
   Dunkerque-St. Pol-sur-Mer 5,500 
   Lavéra 4,400 
Antar P.A.: 
   Donges 4,575 
   Vern-sur-Seiche 1,400 
Esso-Standard S.A.F.: 
   Port Jéróme 6,000 
   Bordeaux 2,600 
   Fos-sur-Mer 3,000 
Mobile Oil Française: 
   N.D. de Gravenchon 3,600 
   Frontignan 1,730 
Cid de Raffinage Shell-Berre: 
   Petit-Couronne 9,200 
   Pauillac 500 
   Berre-l' Etang 7,000 
Elf-Erap: 
   Gargenville (Vexin) 3,600 
   Ambés (Elf-UIP) 2,000 
   Feyzin 6,000 
   Grandpuits (Cie de la Raffinenie de 
    l'Isle de France) 3,600 
Compagnie Franç~ise de Raflinage: 
   Gonfrexille (Raffinenie de 
    Normandie) 14,300 
   La Mède (Raffinenie de Provence)  10,235 
Société de la Raffinenie de Strassbourg 
 Herrlisheim 4,400 
Société Rhénane de Rafilnage 
 Reichstett 3,700 
 Total 97,840 
 ' Source: Ministére de l'Industnie, Direction des Carburants. Activité
de l'Industn,e Pétroliére 1968, Elements Statistiques. Paris,
p. 87. 


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