The background for establishing this system is to provide the companies with a means to evaluate their own suitability for participation on the Norwegian continental shelf before the companies denote resources on evaluating specific business opportunities. Gaz de France is a French production and distribution company. The company's main areas of focus is buying/selling, storage and distribution of gas. The company has close to 40.000 employees and 14 million customers. In the year 2002, Gaz de France sold 54 billion m3 gas. The company owns and operates a 189.000 km distribution network and has since 1956 operated 14 underground gas storages with a total storage capacity of 9.4 billion m3 in France.
Gaz de France has interests in the fields Fram, Njord and Sn°hvit together with interests in several other production licenses.
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