The French market for propane is organised around five main suppliers. They all offer similar products, but services, tariffs and fees are what differentiate them. Find out all about the French propane providers and how to decide which one to subscribe to in the following article.
List of the main propane providers in France in 2019
Together, Antargaz, Butagaz, Primagaz and Vitogaz add up to 90% of the existing market for propane in France.
With a fleet of over 220,000 tanks and 12 million bottles sold a year, Antargaz is a leader on the French propane market. It has been able to gain shares and clients thanks to its attractive pricing policy and a nationwide presence. Antargaz is also the only propane supplier to have developed natural gas supply activities, for companies, professionals and individuals on the French territory. Here is how to contact Antargaz.
Butagaz is number one on the French propane supply market, with 4.2 million clients and 15 million bottles sold per year. The provider stands out on the market with a unique price transparency policy: propane price schedules and ancillary costs are published on their website, contrary to a majority of suppliers that prefer not to communicate their tariffs publicly.
With 560,000 tonnes of gas sold to 2 million customers every year, Primagaz is best known for its gas tank offers. These come with an intergrated meter which means the client can be billed directly according to the kWh they comsume.
Vitogaz is the smallest of the five main propane providers in France. Its activities are centered more around LPG petrol.
Other propane suppliers
In addition to the 5 main French propane gas providers listed above, there are some smaller, lesser known suppliers, operating at local levels.
There are 3 companies of this type in particular:
- Gaz Liberté, which operates in the North East of France and the Île-de-France area.
- Distrigaz Provence, which operates in the South East of France. It specialises in the distribution of bulk propane gas for private individuals, professionals and local authorities.
- Sogasud (former Repsol), which operates in the South West of France, and currently only offers tanks.
Prices per tonne of propane for French suppliers
According to a comparative study carried out by the lepropane website, prices for a tonne of propane gas are on average set between €1,300 and €1,900 (with tax).
According to this study, it appears that the cheapest propane providers in France are the following:
- Butagaz, which charges € (with tax) for a tonne of propane
- Primagaz, which charges € (with tax) for a tonne of propane
- Antargaz, which charges € (with tax) for a tonne of propane
Fees set by French suppliers for propane-related services
Being fuelled by propane gas will incur additional costs on top of the price of propane itself. Getting informed of these prices will help you find the best deal to suit your needs and budget.
Fees for a gas tank installation
Upon signing a new contract for a propane tank, the client will have to decide whether they wish the tank to be buried or kept overground.
This decision will impact the installation costs, as follows:
|Supplier||Tank type / Contract type||Price in euros (with tax)||Additional information|
|All types of tanks / contracts||Paid for by the supplier||Call Selectra at 09 87 67 37 93 or ask for a quote (in French)|
|Overground tanks:||€99||Call Selectra or ask for a quote (in French)|
|All types of tanks / contracts||Included in the subscription||Call Selectra or ask for a quote (in French)|
|All types of tanks / contracts||Paid for by the supplier||Vitogaz offers|
Fees for maintenance and servicing
It is up to the tank owner to take care of the propane tank maintenance. In most cases, the propane supplier is also the owner of the tank, so they are often legally in charge of servicing.
It may happen that suppliers charge the maintenance and maintenance costs to customers. Depending on the offer, these fees may be included in the subscription, or subject to specific pricing.
Fees for cancelling a propane contract in France
If you wish to cancel your propane deal early, you should expect to pay fees, which will vary from one provider to another.
|Provider||Type of tank||Tariff in euros (with tax)|
|Overground tank - between 500 and 1000 kg||€777.59*|
|Overground tank - 1750 kg||€861.20*|
|Underground tank - 500 to 1,400 kg||€1,897.99*|
|Underground tank - 1750 kg||€2,892.98*|
|All types of tanks||€810.00**|
|All types of tanks||Max €650|
*Fees are prorated to the time remaining before the expiry of the contract.
**Early termination charges are degressive, calculated with the pro rata of time remaining before the expiry of the contract.
***Period between the effective date of the contract and the date of termination of the contract.
How to choose a propane supplier in France
Make sure you've done your research and have asked yourself the right questions before signing up to a propane contract.
Comparing and negotiating propane offers
In order to obtain the most attractive deal, you should definitely compare offers by taking into account all the above gas rates and the related additional fees. Once you've finsihed the comparisons, asking for quotes will allow you to confirm your analysis.
Once you have selected a provider and that you have received your propane quote, you will want to negotiate all the tariffs in order to obtain the most interesting price.
Negotiating gas prices is a very common practice in France, and means consumers can attempt to lower tariffs by really putting suppliers in competition.
To get help with comparing propane prices, you can call the Selectra English-speaking customer service line at 09 87 67 37 93 or get a free callback ( ). You can also directly request an estimate for propane gas (in French).
Questions to ask before signing a contract
Here is a rundown of the important question you should ask before signing onto a propane deal:
- What is the propane price list? Am I entitled to a permanent discount?
- What are the terms of pricing evolution? Do I have a guarantee against an increase in prices?
- If you opt for a tank: is there a commissioning fee to pay for the tank installation?
- If you opt for propane bottles: how much will the deposit cost? What are the prices of gas bottle refills?
- What are the costs to pay in the event of an early contract cancellation (termination, repackaging of the gas, removal of the tank)?
- Are tank maintenance and control costs included in the price?
- Will I get free access to payment facilities to pay my bills?
- How long will I have to stay committed to granting exclusive gas supply to the provider?