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.
Instrument & Controls engineers design, install, manage, and maintain equipment which is used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes. Instrumentation is vital in measuring and controlling parameters such as pressure, flow, temperature, current, and voltage by gathering information from the field and then changing its parameters via a control loop. Instrument & Controls engineers therefore aim to improve productivity, stability, safety, continuity and optimization through measurement, automation and control processes.