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France's Key Energy Statistics world rank
Total Primary Energy Consumption
2016
10.235
quadrillion Btu
12
Total Primary Energy Production
2016
5.163
quadrillion Btu
24
Nuclear Electricity Net Generation
2017
382
billion kilowatthours
2
Total Electricity Exports
2017
61
billion kilowatthours
2
Total Electricity Installed Capacity
2017
133
million kilowatts
9
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Map of France
Map of France

Analysis - Energy Sector Highlights Last updated: August 2016

  • France is Europe’s second largest consumer of energy after Germany. Because the country produces so little oil and natural gas, France relies on imports to meet most of its oil and gas consumption.
  • France is a net exporter of electricity, and is the world’s second largest producer of nuclear power generation after the United States.
  • Liquid fuels account for slightly less than one-third of France’s total primary energy consumption, although this share has steadily declined in recent years. In 2015, France’s consumption levels totaled 1.6 million b/d- the seventh highest petroleum consumption level in the world.
  • According to the Oil & Gas Journal, France has a crude refining capacity of just over 1.4 million b/d, the fourth highest in Europe after Germany, Italy, and Spain.
  • The main French oil company is Total, one of the largest publicly owned oil and gas companies in the world. Total operates five of the country’s eight crude oil refineries and manages more than half of the country’s crude oil refining capacity. The company recently announced plans to convert the La Mède oil refinery into the country’s first biorefinery to help meet growing demand for biodiesel. The biorefinery is expected to become operational by 2017.

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