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When the need to provide France with suitable infrastructure to receive oil in large quantities becomes imperative, studies are carried out to find the right site. It is Cap d’Antifer, near Le Havre, which is selected. Work began in April 1972 for an inauguration in 1976.
In 1967, the six-day war led to the closure of the Suez Canal from June 1967 to June 1975. The need to provide our country with suitable infrastructure to receive black gold in large quantities became imperative, energy needs constantly to increase. The canal limited the size and draft of ships. Freed from these constraints, their dimensions increase to soon make them real giants of the seas that must be accommodated in suitable ports.