France's gas-sales program set for January launch

Both Gaz de France (GDF) and Total SA—France's historic operators—have set up web sites outlining their temporary natural gas release programs required by France's Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).The programs are intended to spark natural gas supply competition in southern France during the period before two major supply projects come on stream: a new LNG terminal to be built on the Mediterranean at Fos Cavaou in southeastern France by 2007 (OGJ Online, July 12, 2004), and a gas pipeline link with Spain in southwestern France (OGJ Online, Apr. 26, 2004). France's natural gas market has been 70% liberalized since the first of July. While gas supplies have many po...

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