Supply & Demand

Medgaz partners work on pipeline expansion plan

The pipeline’s operators are looking to capitalise on the recovery in Spanish gas demand The pipeline’s operators are looking to capitalise on the recovery in Spanish gas demand.
By Verity Ratcliffe 25 September 2018 0 32669
A compressor station on the Medgaz pipeline in Beni Saf, Algeria. (Medgaz)

The company that operates the Medgaz pipeline, which takes Algerian gas to Spain, is working on a project to expand the line’s capacity by 25%. Spain’s recovering demand for gas, which has rebounded from a 10-year low in 2014, means it may be the right time to invest in long-term supplies from Algeria.

A third compressor will be installed on the pipeline to increase its capacity from 8 billion cubic metres per year to 10 bcm/y. The extra compressor will also improve the reliability of the...