French Pipeline Strategy Moves Ahead

October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor

France is the fourth-largest gas market in Europe, consuming 50 Bcm, which is about 10% of EU demand. France is heavily dependent on gas imports, with 30% of those arrives by tanker as LNG and the remaining 70% as piped in. The imports come from five European countries, via gas interconnectors, according to Eurostat 2016. The French transmission network is the longest in Europe, dominated by just two companies: GRTgaz, which transmits gas from three northern interconnectors to the western, northern and southern regions and TIGF, which transmits gas arriving through two southern interconnectors to…

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