From Tuesday, the Irun interconnection will start, allowing more gas to be transported


The increase will amount to 18% of the total power capacity from the Spanish state to the French via the two existing interconnections, Irun and Larrau.

The expansion of the gas interconnection between France and the Iberian Peninsula via Irun (Gipuzkoa), which will increase south-north flow capacity and allow more gas to be transported from the Iberian Peninsula based on market needs, will be available from Tuesday.

The Spanish operator Enagás and its French counterpart Teréga, whose infrastructure is ready, will increase the available capacity of the Irun gas pipeline for contracting by 66%, from 2 to 3.5 bcm – from 2,000 to 3,500 million cubic meters the European gas network during the winter.

This in turn represents an 18% increase in the total flow capacity from the Spanish state to the French via the two existing interconnections, Irun and Larrau, with a maximum total capacity of approximately 8.5 bcm -8500 million cubic meters per year.

Exactly, the expansion of the capacity of the Irun interconnection is one of the measures of solidarity with Europe’s neighbors included in the More Energy Security Plan, approved by the Spanish government on the occasion of the current crisis in the field of energy.

Looking to the future, connections between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe are expected to increase following the recent agreement between Spain, Portugal and France to replace the MidCat project with a hydrogen corridor connecting Barcelona and Marseille, dubbed BarMar .

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Source: EITB


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