Sep 2017: France is hoping to stop granting new exploration permits in 2018 and aims to end all oil and gas production by 2040 as it takes the lead against climate change (GS notes: this is not difficult for mainland France as indigenous supplies will be minimal by 2040 in any case). Current permits off French Guiana (where large finds remain possible) will remain valid.
Jan 2017: La Française de l’Énergie announced that the CBR-1 well drilled in the Bleue Lorraine permit at Lachambre in the Moselle region has penetrated a gas-bearing coal seam in the Lorraine basin at 978m TVD. The CBM could be incorporated into a future development.
Oct 2016: La Francaise de l’Energie (LFDE) has identified significant CBM potential in six exploration permits and 2 production leases in the east of the country. First CBM production is targeted for 2017 initially from 15 wells in the Bleu Lorraine permit.
No significant news in 2015.
Oct 2014: Small oil explorers are returning to Alsace on the German border. The region provides just 1% of French oil production but 13 wells are active and 2 permits have recently been granted. Millennium drilled its first well near Soufflenheim and production is expected to start soon. Oil production in Alsace peaked in the 1920s from 650 wells.
Feb 2014: Europa Oil & Gas has announced the renewal of its 100% owned Tarbes Val d'Adour permit in the Aquitaine Basin. The permit contains small oil fields, including Jacque and Osmets, licensed by Elf but abandoned in 1985.
Jul 2013: DMT, on behalf of Vermilion Energy, is acquiring a 3D vibroseis survey over a total area of 92 sq kms, in the SW department of Pyrénées-Atlantique (Vic-Bilh concession) north of Pau. Vermilion is hoping to optimise conventional oil production from the Vic Bilh oil field.