Total Inaugurates Euskadour Gas Interconnector

Total reported that the Euskadour pipeline interconnecting the gas grids in the Basque regions of France and Spain was inaugurated on Monday. A ceremony attended by various dignitaries marked the occasion.

Construction of the pipeline by Total Infrastructures Gaz France (TIGF), a Total subsidiary, and Naturgas Energia began in November 2004 and was completed in late-2005. The 28-kilometer long Euskadour interconnector will initially carry approximately 500 million cubic meters of natural gas a year on both sides of the Pyrenees, equivalent to the consumption of the French city of Bordeaux.

“The interconnector will improve gas service for public distribution companies from Bayonne to Hendaye and will have a direct impact on consumers in the French Basque region,” said Yves-Louis Darricarrère, president of Total Gas & Power. “But this infrastructure project is just one of many that Total is developing in southern France to enhance security of supply and seamless operation of the deregulated gas market.”

Total is currently involved in three major gas projects in France, for a total investment of €550 million over the next 5 years. First, it is taking part in the construction of the new Fos Cavaou LNG terminal, with a capacity of 8.25 billion cubic meters per year. Then, to carry the liquefied natural gas offloaded in Fos, Total will complete the doubling of the Artère de Guyenne pipeline from Lussagnet across the Dordogne River. Finally, subject to the necessary administrative approvals, the capacity of the Lussagnet natural gas storage facility will be expanded to 3.5 billion cubic meters from 2.4 billion cubic meters.