Sea Gem strikes gas on the UKCSSeismic surveys detect Frigg field

French oil merger

person by Trude Meland, Norwegian Petroleum Museum
France's state oil companies RAP and BRP (Elf) merged in December 1965 to create Enterprise de Recherches at d'Activités Pétrolières - Erap. This marriage took effect on 1 January 1966.
— Commander of Free French Forces General Charles de Gaulle seated at his desk in London during the Second World War. Photo: Ministry of Information Photo Division/Imperial War Museums (public domain
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A holding company embracing all state-owned French activities in the oil industry, Erap was an important step on the road to the integrated oil company Elf Aquitaine.

Its activities covered the whole spectrum from drilling and production to retail sales. The merger took place at the initiative of President de Gaulle, who was actively concerned that French industry should be competitive. In Norway, it was followed up two years later by merging the Auxirap Norge A/S and Petropar Norge A/S subsidiaries.

This raised Petropar’s holding in Petronord to 39 per cent, making it the largest single shareholder. A few months later, the name of the merged company was changed to Elf Norge A/S.

Sea Gem strikes gas on the UKCSSeismic surveys detect Frigg field
Published October 24, 2017   •   Updated May 19, 2020
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