Spain-Algeria gas pipeline completed
The undersea section of a pipeline which will deliver gas from Algeria to Spain has been completed.MADRID – Construction has been completed on the undersea section of a 900-million-euro pipeline that is to bring Algerian gas to Spain, the Medgaz consortium announced Tuesday.
It said Saipem, the Italian oil services company commissioned to build the undersea infrastructure, has finalised the 210-kilometre offshore link between Beni Saf in Algeria and the Spanish coast of Almeria.
"Between January and March 2009, hydraulic tests will be performed to ensure that the pipeline is in good working order before its start-up, which is scheduled for the second half of next year," Medgaz said.
The pipeline is to bring 8 billion cubic metres of gas per year to Spain, which imports almost all its gas supplies.
Medgaz is a consortium of Algerian state-owned gas giant Sonatrach, Spanish companies Endesa, Cepsa and Iberdrola and France's GDF Suez.
[AFP / Expatica]