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Portuguese Prime Minister Costa announced the possible laying of a gas pipeline in Europe bypassing France

Portuguese Prime Minister Costa announced the possible laying of a gas pipeline in Europe bypassing France

A new main gas pipeline, which will connect Central Europe with the Iberian Peninsula, can be built to bypass France. Such a laying of a new pipeline was allowed by the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa.

According to Costa, the gas pipeline can be laid in this way if it is not possible to reach an agreement with Paris, which objects to the laying of pipes on its territory.

“The draft has already been submitted to the European Commission in case the objections of France cannot be overcome. Thus, the gas pipeline will lead to Central Europe through Spain and Italy, and not through France,” the government official announced.


The politician noted that Germany, Poland and Hungary are already showing interest in such a project.


We are talking about the Midcat gas pipeline project, which was postponed several years ago and has become relevant again against the backdrop of restrictions on Russian gas supplies to Europe. The new pipeline will help the countries of the bloc increase gas flows and reduce dependence on energy resources from Russia.


Spain’s Energy Minister Teresa Ribera has said the pipeline is expected to be up and running in less than a year and will be Europe’s salvation from a full-blown energy crisis.