Predominantly a nuclear energy producer, France has very few natural energy resources, and its energy sector is primarily focused on electricity generation. However, France is a major importer of oil, which accounted for 65% of total net imports in 2004, from such key fossil-fuel suppliers as Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation. The country's natural gas supply has grown steadily, with resources coming into the country from Europe, North Africa and Russia. Headquartered in Paris, Total S.A. is the fifth largest publicly traded oil and gas company in the world and is a significant international offshore player.
QA/QC/Inspection professionals in the oil and gas industry are responsible for a number of duties and work in every aspect of the industry. These individuals will make sure that equipment and parts are operating correctly as well as meeting industry and regulatory standards. They will also investigate any accidents or issues and will work with engineers to solve any problems they encounter. Some job titles the individuals may hold include QA/QC specialist, quality engineer, or QA/QC inspector.