A new gas pipeline through Catalonia would take eight to nine months
MADRID, August 12 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Third Vice President and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenges Teresa Ribera assured this Friday that installing an additional compressor in the interconnectors in France could increase the capacity to export gas from Spain by 20-30%.
Ribera explained in an interview on TVE that this measure, together with better logistics for methane tankers, could be short-term solutions to help Europe’s gas supply in the face of “Putin’s blackmail”.
In addition, the minister hopes to be able to make better use of the port of Gijon for the shipment of methane tankers from December.
The vice-president celebrated the words of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who this Thursday called for a gas pipeline that would allow Portugal and Spain to supply the rest of Europe.
For Ribera, these words are proof that Spain’s gas interconnection is not a bilateral matter with France, but something that affects other EU countries. In fact, she has invited Germany to take part in the high-level meetings currently taking place with the neighboring country.
The Minister for Ecological Transition has recognized that the construction of the Midcat will require a “very important investment” and has defended the need for it to be infrastructure planned to last between 30 and 50 years in which subsequently the gas will make way for renewable hydrogen in your pipelines.
Ribera has assured that work on the Spanish part of the gas pipeline could be completed in eight or nine months, but the final deadlines also depend on what France is doing on its part of the border.
“It doesn’t make much sense for us to walk a lot when it becomes a back alley on the French side,” he noted. He added that it is a project that will improve security of supply across Europe and the government believes it should be funded as a European project.
The minister highlighted the possibilities of taking energy measures at European level and underlined Spain’s willingness to work with its partners in the context of the energy crisis.