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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2018
Question for written answer E-002191-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Xabier Benito Ziluaga (GUE/NGL) , Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Midcat/STEP — Conclusions of the Poyry report
 Answer in writing 

The conclusions of a study by the independent Poyry consultancy on the Midcat/STEP project (which received the status of Projects of Common Interest (PCI)) were leaked on 18 April 2018. This cost-benefit analysis was commissioned by the Commission in 2016 in order to remove doubts about the economic viability of the project and its supposed advantages in terms of security of gas supply.

The conclusions are very clear: according to the green revolution scenario (the one used by the Commission for the 3rd PCI list), STEP is not cost-effective. Moreover, STEP has no impact on the security of supply in France and in Spain. It would appear that it will increase gas prices in France and there is no certainty that Spanish prices will fall. The pipeline would become a stranded asset in the mid-2030s.

1. Will the Commission consider removing the PCI status of the STEP project?

2. What is the Commission’s opinion about the Poyry report’s conclusions, especially regarding the issue of security of supply?

3. Given that the project is not cost-effective in most of the scenarios tested, will the Commission consider removing public funds (from the Connecting Europe Facility)?

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