Tour of the Museum of Oil in France
• Tour of the Museum of oil to France
Rusty truck and abandoned oil pumps are part of the French Oil Museum in Alsace. In the mid-18th century, this region was the cradle of the oil industry. Oil production is ceased in 1960, when a barrel was worth about 15 dollars.
Now, oil prices fluctuate around $ 100, a dozen of oil pumping units began pumping oil again.
Not far from the Rhine on the border with Germany, France is the oil valley. The truth is not expected oil boom. The region produces only 1 percent of the French oil production, which accounts for slightly less than 2 percent of the European production. However, currently there are 13 pumping wells and several holes have recently been explored and documents on oil production are being considered by the French administration.
Reminders of this period, including the bottles with samples of oil and by-products on display in a French museum oil.
Oil in Alsace began in the 18th century and reached its peak in the 1920s, when there operated more than 650 wells and four oil-processing plants. The area provides 5 percent of French oil needs and is 3,000 people were provided with jobs. "For us, Alsace was a sleeping beauty," said Stefan Tache, whose company Millenium Geo-Venture recently won two exploration permits and has applied for five more intelligence. One advantage of the Alsatian region is that oil reserves are located very close to the surface. Oil spills have long provided a favorite mud baths for wild boars in the forest Alsatian.
In 2011, France banned the hydraulic method of shale gas production for fear of ecological catastrophe and expressed a preference for the conventional method of drilling oil wells. Last year, a request by the American firm Hess Group to explore for shale gas in the Paris Basin, was rejected by the French Government.
The paraffin plant pictured in the forest.
Rusty pipeline near an abandoned factory paraffin.
A rusty oil pump, part of the collection of the French Oil Museum.
The working oil in the rocking Niderlauterbahe.
Sprig floats in a pond covered with a layer of oil on the former site of an oil well.
An employee of the oil company Oelved takes a sample of oil from an oil well in Oderlauterbahe.
Jean-Claude Kokhauks oil company Oelved employee checks the oil level in the tank.
An employee of the company Millenium Geo-Venture in Soufflenheyme shows an old drill.