France plans pipeline between Spain and Central Europe for new energy sources
France plans to build a gas pipeline from the Iberian Peninsula to the south of the country with the aim of opening up new sources of energy in the absence of natural gas from Russia.
“Spain and Germany are two close partners of France. If they make a proposal, we will consider it,” Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire told the dpa news agency on Tuesday.
France, which relies heavily on nuclear power, has so far been cautious about reviving the Midcat gas pipeline, which was shut down in 2017 because it was unprofitable.
The Midcat pipeline is to run from Barcelona through the Pyrenees to a connection point with the French grid at Barbaran in southern France.
In Spain, the gas pipeline has been completed up to Hostalric, 106 km south of the border; in France, about 120 km are missing.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, like the Spanish government, had previously campaigned for the construction of the pipeline to open up new energy sources in preparation for the war in Ukraine and a possible end to Russian gas supplies.
Spain sees this as a project of European importance which it says should also be funded by the EU.
The natural gas to flow north through the pipe could be obtained from different sources in Spain and Portugal, since the two countries together have a total of seven LNG terminals.
There are also two gas pipelines to the Algerian gas supplier in North Africa.
Later, as part of the energy transition, the so-called green hydrogen, which is generated with the help of the wind or the sun, could also be passed through.
So far there are only two small gas pipelines from Spain through the Pyrenees to the north with limited capacity.
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