Group to study proposal for gas pipeline to Slovakia

Five companies signed an agreement Monday to study and develop a project to link the Yamal-Europe pipeline to Slovakia. The 600-km line will be able to carry 60 billion cu m of gas/year, said ENI SPA.


Five companies signed an agreement Monday to study and develop a project to link the Yamal-Europe pipeline to Slovakia. The 600-km line can carry 60 billion cu m of gas/year, said ENI SPA.

The Yamal-Europe pipeline moves gas from the Yamal Peninsula region of western Siberia through Belarus and Poland and into eastern Germany. There it connects with the Western Europe gas grid (OGJ, Feb. 7, 2000, p. 36).

The proposed infrastructure would travel through Belarus and Poland to reach Slovakia. Once in that country, the pipeline will be connected through other pipelines to Italy, France, and Germany, ENI said. The project will increase the gas transported from Russia to European countries.

The group studying the project includes Snam, a unit of Italian company ENI SPA; Russian gas company Gazprom; France's Gaz de France SA, and the German companies Ruhrgas AG and Wintershall AG.

"It is a project of great relevance which renews and strengthens the 40-year old relationship between Eni and Gazprom," said Vittorio Mincato, CEO of Eni. "The project also represents a first important step toward a closer coordination among EU's major gas importing countries."

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