Spain-Portugal Interconnector Gas Pipeline

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Spain-Portugal Interconnector Gas Pipeline was a proposed gas pipeline in Spain running to the Portuguese border.[1] The project was cancelled in 2020.[2]

Location

The pipeline would run from Zamora, Spain to the Portuguese border near Vale de Frades, Portugal.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Enagas, REN Gasodutos
  • Current capacity:
  • Length: 86 km[1]
  • Diameter: 27.6 inches (700 mm)[1]
  • Status: Cancelled[2]
  • Start Year:
  • Associated Infrastructure:

Background

The Spain-Portugal Interconnector Pipeline is included in the first stage of a proposed international project that would continue 162 kilometers across the border to Celorico da Beira, Portugal.[3] The Portuguese section of the pipeline would be known as the Celorico–Spanish Border Pipeline. Both pipelines form part of a larger international pipeline project designed to create a single gas market within the European Union.[4] Some of the gas imported from Spain would also be stored at caverns in the salt dome formations of Carriço, Portugal for potential use in a future emergency.[3][5]

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) refers to the project using the project code "TRA-N-168". Together with "TRA-A-283" (Celorico–Spanish Border Pipeline) it is a part of the "WEST 02" project group which is the first stage of the 3rd Interconnection between Portugal and Spain project.[1][3]

The European Union's 2021-2030 National Energy and Climate Plan for Portugal states that the Spain-Portugal Interconnector gas pipeline is directly dependent on completion of the South Transit Eastern Pyrenees (STEP) Gas Pipeline between France and Spain.[6] However, the latter project was canceled in early 2019[7], leaving the future of the Spain-Portugal Interconnector project unclear.[4]

Cancellation

The release of updated project information by ENTSOG in November 2020 included no mention of the project's code "TRA-N-168". ENTSOG's accompanying 'Infrastructure Report' refers to "two cancelled projects" which are investments of REN Gasodutos. The two cancelled projects are the Spain-Portugal Interconnector project and the Cantanhede-Mangualde Gas Pipeline.[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ENTSOG TYNDP 2020 - Annex A - Projects Tables, 12 Nov 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Infrastructure Report - TYNDP) ENTSOG, November 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 REN Gasodutos, S.A., ENAGAS, S.A. (2018). "3rd Interconnection between Portugal and Spain" (PDF). ren.pt. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "South Gas Regional Investment Plan 2019" (PDF). Enagás, GRTgaz, Reganosa, REN Gasodutos, Térega. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  5. "Underground Storage". REN. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  6. "PORTUGAL: NATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE PLAN 2021-2030 (NECP 2030) (p. 47)" (PDF). European Union. December 2019.
  7. "Future of the MidCat project in limbo". South EU Summit. February 5, 2019.

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