Energy in Europe: new gas transmission connection between France and Belgium inaugurated
Guaranteeing diversification of supplyFrance’s gas transmission network in Northern France receives gas imports from Norway in Dunkirk as well as in Taisnières through Belgium. The new Dunkirk LNG terminal, scheduled to be commissioned this summer, required further development of the French and Belgian networks. The new gas transmission link between Pitgam (Nord) and Maldegem (Belgium) opens the first ever route for shippers to transport gas from France to Belgium and thus facilitates access to additional sources for the benefit of consumers. By offering the opportunity to transport up to an extra 8 billion m³ of natural gas per year (one million m³/hour), the new pipeline enhances market integration as well as security of supply and diversification of sources.
An extensive development programme in Northern France for GRTgaz
In France, GRTgaz constructed the ‘Artère des Flandres’ pipeline (23 km) and the metering station at Hondschoote on the French-Belgian border (costing €56 million in total), and reconfigured the Pitgam interconnection station (€30 million). The EU identified the project as a Project of Common Interest in 2013. The construction works began several years ago, got approval by France’s Regulatory Commission of Energy (CRE) and were part of the network development plan of GRTgaz for Northern France that represented a total investment of over €1.2 billion.