FRENCH REFINERS GRAPPLING WITH NEW OCTANE SPECS, ENVIRONMENTAL RULES

After emerging from the doldrums of the 1980s, France's refining industry faces new challenges to meet tightening gasoline and diesel specifications and greater environmental pressures. A three stage investment program is under way to adapt the pared down and restructured plant network to satisfy a changing products market. Current outlays, involving the first stage of investments, are geared to the rapidly developing unleaded gasoline market to meet quantity and quality requirements.

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