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France upstream summary

France upstream summary

Report summary

France is a very mature hydrocarbon province where almost all producing fields are in the decline phase. French production originates from three main sedimentary basins - Aquitaine, Paris and Alsace. The first hydrocarbon discoveries were made in the Aquitaine Basin. Following a number of large discoveries in the 1950s, exploration progressed to the Paris and Alsace basins.Commercial oil production began in France in 1950 and peaked in 1988 at nearly 67,700 b/d, when rising production ...

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Volatility in oil markets has led players in the upstream oil and gas industry to focus on reducing capital spend and operating costs. At the same time, governments need to review fiscal terms to maintain attractiveness and investment.

This country report gives an overview of the key upstream issues for this country. If you’re interested in identifying and assessing upstream investment and expansion opportunities, this upstream summary is your definitive commercial guide.

Potential investors, governments and companies in the oil and gas sector can use it to gain a better understanding of the critical issues for development opportunities in this country.

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  • Executive summary
  • Key facts
  • Location maps
  • Key companies
  • Geology
    • Introduction
    • Paris Basin
    • Aquitaine Basin
    • Alsace Basin
    • Jura Basin
    • Southeast Basin
    • Offshore France
  • Exploration
    • Licensing
    • Drilling
      • Drilling activity
    • Historical activity
      • Future drilling plans
      • Unconventional Oil & Gas Exploration
  • Reserves and resources
  • Production
    • Oil/NGL production
      • Aquitaine Basin
      • Paris Basin
    • Gas
  • Infrastructure
    • Oil infrastructure
      • Refineries
      • Oil Storage Capacity
    • Gas infrastructure
      • Gas Pipelines
      • Underground Gas Storage Facilities
  • Policy and regulation
    • Key legislation
    • Regulatory body
    • State oil company
    • Licensing
    • Exploration Licences
      • Application for an Exploration Licence
      • Award of an Exploration Licence
    • Production Licences
  • Fiscal terms
    • Overview
      • Upstream
    • Current fiscal terms
      • Concessions (Royalty/tax)
      • Bonuses, Rental and Fees
      • Royalty and other production taxes
      • Corporate (or Petroleum) Income Tax
      • Sample cashflow
      • Methodology
    • Historical background
      • 1980s
      • 1990s
      • 2000s

In this report there are 30 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
  • Key facts
    • Key facts: Table 1
  • Location maps
    • Country Map
  • Key companies
    • Remaining Commercial and Technical Reserves at 01/01/2016
    • Liquids and Gas Production 2017
  • Geology
    • France - major geological basins
    • Paris Basin Map
    • Aquitaine Basin Map
  • Exploration
    • Blocks Awarded
    • Upstream licences in France
    • Exploration drilling
  • Reserves and resources
    • Reserves and resources: Table 1
  • Production
    • Production: Table 1
    • Production: Table 2
    • Liquids production
    • Liquids production by key field
    • Production: Table 3
    • Production: Table 4
    • Gas production
    • Gas production by key fields
  • Infrastructure
    • Infrastructure: Table 1
    • Infrastructure: Table 2
    • Oil infrastructure
    • Infrastructure: Table 3
    • Gas Infrastructure Map
  • Policy and regulation
    • Policy and regulation: Table 1
  • Fiscal terms
    • Fiscal terms: Table 1
    • Fiscal terms: Table 2
    • Fiscal terms: Table 3
    • Fiscal terms: Table 4
    • Fiscal terms: Table 5
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