France, Spain consider another link of gas transport networks

French and Spanish companies are considering building a 10.7 million euro pipeline to improve gas transmission between the two countries. A proposed 29-km, 500 million cu m line along the Basque coastline could link the countries' gas transportation networks.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, July 18 -- French and Spanish companies are considering building a 10.7 million euro natural gas pipeline to improve gas transmission between the two countries.

Gaz du Sud-Ouest -- owned 70% by TotalFinaElf SA and 30% by Gaz de France SA -- and Spanish company Ente Vasco de Energia and its affiliate Gas de Euskadi are considering building a 29-km, 500 million cu m line along the Basque coastline.

They expect a decision in September. The European Union will subsidize the cost as part of a policy to bolster gas links between EU countries.

The line would run between Bidart, south of the French coastal town of Biarritz, to Spain's Irun, adding a link to the countries' gas networks.

The line would be on stream in the winter of 2002-03.

GSO and EVE are also considering building, by 2010, a high-capacity link between Bilbao, Spain, and the underground gas storage reservoir in Lussagnet, France. That 328-km line could cost 137 million euros. A feasibility study is ongoing.

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