Spain

Gas pipeline from Spain to Germany could become reality according to Spanish minister

Share

According to Teresa Ribera, the Minister for the Environment, a gas pipeline from Spain to Germany could become reality in a short space of time.

 

According to Teresa Ribera, the Spanish Minister for the Environment, a gas pipeline project to connect Spain to France through the Catalan Pyrenees could become reality. The Minister stated on Friday, August 12, that according to calculations made by the government a pipeline could be operational in 8 or 9 months on the southern side of the border towards Spain.

During an interview with TVE, she said the government considered it “essential to go hand in hand” with the French Government to accelerate the project. She spoke of the comments made yesterday by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in which he spoke of such a pipeline from Portugal to the rest of Europe.

Ms Ribera said she believed that his message is key “to generating that political conviction of European interest that has a project of these characteristics”. The Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, has also assured that Germany can count ‘100 per cent’ on his country to build it, “today for natural gas, tomorrow for green hydrogen”.

Although she had not spoken personally with Scholz, Ribera conveyed the government’s will to him that it wishes to “contribute to the energy emergency that central and northern Europe is experiencing, using the capacity available to Spain”. 

In other words, Ribera pointed out, “complex regasification infrastructures that have entailed an additional cost for Spanish gas consumers, but that allows them to be used for the benefit of European consumers”.

To ensure the gas supply for this winter, the Government is considering several types of action. One is the installation of an additional compressor at the connection points with France that already exist in the Basque Country. This could take around ‘two or three months’, which would increase the exported volume by between 20 and 30 per cent. 

“We can provide between 2 and 2.5 per cent of the gas that can be consumed in the European Union as a whole”, explained Ribera, admitting that: “obviously, it is not much, but it is very relevant”.

The interconnection from Catalonia had been discussed some years ago, but at the time it was declined because “it was not economically viable in a context in which Russian gas was much cheaper than liquefied natural gas (LNG)”.

Now, the Ministry of the Environment is working on the idea with Enagas and with the French gas infrastructure manager to “accelerate, at least, the first phase, with less complexity”.

Regarding the development of the pipeline project, Moncloa has already conveyed to the German gas operators and to Berlin “the advisability of Germany being invited to participate in the high-level group working on how to make interconnections with France more effective”.

Scholz’s statement “shows that interconnections are important for the European Union as a whole”, stressed Ribera, “not a bilateral issue as seen up to now”. She added that a greater interest from the rest of the partners: “helps smooth out the road and to speed up the processes”.

According to the minister, the gas pipeline from Catalonia “promotes the security of supply” throughout the region. She added that she understands that it should be financed as a European project that would also have to be prepared for the future transport of hydrogen.

The involvement of the French government is “very important” stressed Ribera, because, among other reasons, the gas systems of that country have to be prepared for the pressure at which the gas will be sent, to make it reach the “skeleton of European gas pipelines”, as reported by diariodesevilla.es.

___________________________________________________________

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com



Recent Posts

  • USA

Russian billionaire faces 20 years prison in the US for violating sanctions

Russian billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska faces up to 20 years in prison after violating sanctions…

6 mins ago
  • Ukraine crisis

Fire breaks out in second reactor building of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

An alleged landmine explosion has started a fire in the building that houses the second…

32 mins ago
  • Ukraine crisis

Ivan Funtovoy, a leader of Odesa’s Party Organisation ‘SICH’ killed by Russian forces in Kherson

Ukrainian forces in Kherson have eliminated Ivan Funtovoy, one of the leaders of Odesa's Party…

1 hour ago
  • Gibraltar News

Environmental group Verdemar denounces the arrival of another nuclear sub in Gibraltar

The arrival in Gibraltar of the USS Florida nuclear submarine has been denounced by the…

2 hours ago
  • Ukraine crisis

Putin signs decree recognising Kherson and Zaporizhzhya as independent territories

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognising the Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya…

3 hours ago
  • Health & Beauty

Keeping Raynaud’s symptoms to a minimum in winter

Raynaud's phenomenon is common and does not usually cause severe problems. (more…)

5 hours ago