Europe is considering building a pipeline for liquefied natural gas from Spain to Italy as a way to circumvent French objections, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa told AP.
According to him, Portugal and Spain can send a large amount of liquefied natural gas to other countries of the European Union. He did not give any details, but such an underwater pipeline would likely take years to build.
The two countries receive LNG via pipeline from Algeria and Morocco, as well as by sea from countries such as the US and Nigeria. But at present, energy connectivity between Spain and Portugal and the rest of Europe is limited.
With six LNG plants in Spain, including Europe's largest in Barcelona, and one in Portugal, these countries account for a third of Europe's LNG processing capacity. Costa said the Iberian plants could also ship more LNG by sea to other European ports while the pipeline is being built.
He noted that the French government is still against building a pipeline across the Pyrenees, citing environmental concerns, and added that the European Commission is considering a connection to Italy.