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Gas pipeline connects Belgium and France

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Fluxys has announced that, as of 1 November 2015, GRTgaz has been allowed to transfer non-odorised gas to the Fluxys grid in Belgium through the ‘Artère des Flandres’ pipeline. In turn, Fluxys can transfer this gas via the Alveringem-Maldegem pipeline.

At a total investment cost of approximately €100 million, Fluxys Belgium had to build the Alveringem regulating station and a new interconnection station at Maldegem. In addition to this, a 75 km pipeline was built to connect the two sites.

Meanwhile, in France, GRTgaz had to build the 23 km long ‘Artère des Flandres’ pipeline, as well as the Hondschoote metering station on the border at a cost of €56 million. Furthermore, the Pitgam interconnection station had to be modified at a cost of €30 million.

Combined, these facilities allow the transmission of non-odorised gas from France to Belgium. This will allow up to 8 billion m3 of natural gas per year to be transferred from France to Belgium, and will help strengthen market integration, security of supply and the diversification of sources. In addition to this, as of 2016, the development of LNG in northwest Europe will be encouraged by the link from the Dunkirk terminal to the Belgian grid.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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