REFINERS LIST BETTER TIMES IN FRANCE

Restructuring of the French refining industry is almost complete. Thirteen refineries, down from 22 in 1980, are working at 88% of their 1.82 million b/d capacity, up from 83% at yearend 1988. French refining got a boost last year from a 3.5% increase in domestic oil consumption to 1.6 million b/d, the highest level since 1983. The boost came from increased motor fuel consumption, especially diesel.

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