Russia and France have enjoyed over 40 years of successful and mutually beneficial cooperation in the area of natural gas supply. In this time, over 379.8 bcm of “blue fuel” has been exported to France. Exports to this country in 2017 came to 12.3 bcm. The main partner of Gazprom Export in France is ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez). There are currently five major long-term contracts between Gazprom Export and ENGIE for Russian gas supply to France.

The first two contracts were signed on September 3, 1975 and entailed delivering gas to the Slovak-Austrian border. Within the framework of the Gas for Pipes project, a third contract was signed on October 28, 1983 for delivering gas to the border of Czechoslovakia and West Germany.

On December 19, 2006, Gazprom Export and ENGIE signed a major package of commercial agreements which covered extending their existing contracts through 2031, relocating delivery points to the French border, and selling new volumes delivered through the Nord Stream pipeline.

On June 18, 2015, during the 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Gazprom and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation regarding the Nord Stream 2 project; the shareholder agreement for this project was signed in September 2015 at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

Besides our partnership with ENGIE, cooperation with EDF has been developing actively since 2009: on November 27, 2009 Gazprom and EDF signed a Memorandum of Understanding on engaging in long-term mutually beneficial cooperation in the gas sector, electrical power, and gas storage. Gazprom and EDF signed a binding document on gas supply at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 21, 2013.

As part of Gazprom’s strategy of entering the retail market, a new Gazprom Group company was registered in France in 2006: Gazprom Marketing & Trading France, engaged in supplying gas to end consumers in France.

Related sections:
Nord Stream 2, Gas Transportation, End-consumer Sales