The French Line, Simpson Desert, South Australia

The French Line, Simpson Desert, South Australia
The French Line, Simpson Desert, South Australia. The Simpson Desert remains Australia's one true desert, over 460,000 acres in size and spanning the corners of three Australian mainland states.

French Petroleum and it’s prime contractor, Brisbane-based Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG), built a road to facilitate the movement of oil search crews across the desert dunes. Today their handiwork is known universally as the French Line. Oil discovered in the Simpson was waxy and congealed, of poor quality and therefore, as yet, of no commercial value. July 2005.

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