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Trans-European energy networks ***I
P6_TA(2005)0211A6-0134/2005
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European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down guidelines for trans-European energy networks and repealing Decisions No 96/391/EC and No 1229/2003/EC (COM(2003)0742 – C5-0064/2004 – 2003/0297(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2003)0742)(1) ,

–   having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 156 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C5-0064/2004),

–   having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and the opinions of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and the Committee on Transport and Tourism (A6-0134/2005),

1.  Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend the proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

(1) Not yet published in OJ.


POSITION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT adopted at first reading on 7 June 2005 with a view to the adoption of Decision No .../2005/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down guidelines for trans-European energy networks and repealing Decision 96/391/EC and Decision No 1229/2003/EC
P6_TCI-COD(2003)0297

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 156 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission ,

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee(1) , after consulting the Committee of the Regions, acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(2) ,

Whereas:

(1)  Since the adoption of Decision No 1229/2003/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2003 laying down a series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks (3) , the need has arisen to fully integrate the acceding countries in those guidelines and to further adapt them , as appropriate, to the new proximity policy of the European Union.

(2)  The priorities for trans-European energy networks stem from the creation of a more open and competitive internal energy market as a result of the implementation of Directive 2003/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2003 concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity (4) and of Directive 2003/55/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2003 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas (5) . Those priorities follow the conclusions of the Stockholm European Council of March 2001 concerning the development of the infrastructures needed for the operation of the energy market. A special effort should be undertaken to achieve the objective of making greater use of renewable energy sources as a contribution to further a sustainable development policy. However, this should be achieved without creating disproportionate disturbances to the normal market equilibrium. Full account should also be taken of the objectives of the Community's transport policy and specifically the possibility of reducing road traffic by using pipelines for natural gas and olefins.

(3)  This Decision will serve to move closer towards realising the objective, set at the Barcelona European Council of a minimum level of electricity interconnection between Member States equivalent to 10% of installed generating capacity in each Member State, thereby improving network reliability and security and ensuring security of supply and the effective operation of the internal market.

(4)  As a rule, the construction and maintenance of energy infrastructure should be subject to market principles. This is also in line with the common rules for the completion of the internal market in energy and the common rules on competition law which aim at the creation of a more open and competitive internal energy market. Community financial aid for construction and maintenance should therefore remain exceptional . Those exceptions should be duly justified.

(5)  Energy infrastructure should be constructed and maintained so as to enable the internal energy market to operate efficiently, with due regard to the procedures for consulting the people affected , without detracting from strategic and universal service criteria, and public service obligations .

(6)  The priorities for trans-European energy networks also stem from the growing importance of the trans-European energy networks for securing and diversifying the Community's energy supplies, incorporating the energy networks of the new Member States and acceding countries, and ensuring the coordinated operation of the energy networks in the Community and in neighbouring countries after consulting the Member States concerned . Indeed neighbouring countries to the European Union play a vital role in the Union's energy policy. They supply a major part of the Union's requirements of natural gas, they are key partners for the transit of primary energy to the Union and they will progressively become more important players in the Community's internal gas and electricity markets.

(7)  Among the projects relating to trans-European energy networks, it is necessary to highlight the priority projects, which are very important for the operation of the internal energy market or the security of energy supply. In addition a Declaration of European Interest needs to be established for those projects receiving the highest priority, as well as enhanced coordination, where appropriate.

(8)  The procedure for identifying projects of common interest relating to trans-European energy networks should ensure the harmonious application of Council Regulation (EC) No 2236/95 of 18 September 1995 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks (6) . That procedure should distinguish two levels: a first level establishing a restricted number of criteria for the identification of such projects , and a second level describing the projects in detail, referred to as specifications.

(9)  Since the project specifications are liable to change, they are given indicatively. The Commission should therefore be empowered to update them. Since projects may have considerable political, environmental and economic implications, it is important to find the appropriate balance between legislative oversight and flexibility in determining projects that merit potential Community support.

(10)  It should be possible to improve the preparation and implementation of some priority projects, or sections of priority projects, or groups of priority projects by creating a coordination team, in which the Community would take part, for the duration of the priority projects concerned. The Commission should, therefore, be empowered to designate a European coordinator for such projects, to encourage cooperation with users and operators, and ensure that the necessary monitoring is carried out in order to keep the Community informed of progress.

(11)  A more favourable context for the development and construction of trans-European energy networks should be created, mainly by providing stimulus for technical cooperation between the entities responsible for the operation and regulation of electricity and gas systems , by facilitating the implementation of the authorisation procedures applicable to network projects in the Member States in order to reduce delays and by mobilizing as appropriate those Funds, instruments and financial programmes of the Community available for network projects. The European Union should support measures taken by the Member States in pursuit of that objective.

(12)  Since the Community budget earmarked for the trans-European energy networks is relatively modest and mainly intended to finance feasibility studies, it is the Community Structural Funds, programmes and financial instruments that enable, if necessary, funding to be provided for such - in particular interregional - interconnection networks.

(13)  The identification of projects of common interest, their specifications and priority projects, in particular those of European interest, should be without prejudice to the results of the environmental impact assessment of the projects and of the plans or programmes.

(14)  The measures necessary for the implementation of this Decision should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission(7) .

(15)  The Commission should periodically draw up reports on the implementation of this Decision.

(16)  Since this Decision has the same subject matter and scope as Council Decision 96/391/EC of 28 March 1996 laying down a series of measures aimed at creating a more favourable context for the development of trans-European networks in the energy sector(8) and Decision No 1229/2003/EC, those two decisions should be repealed,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Subject matter

This Decision defines the nature and scope of Community action to establish guidelines for trans-European energy networks. It establishes a series of guidelines covering the objectives, priorities and broad lines of action by the Community in respect of trans-European energy networks. These guidelines identify projects of common interest and priority projects, including projects of European interest , among trans-European electricity and gas networks.

Article 2

Scope

This Decision shall apply:

  1) as regards electricity networks, to:
   a) all high-voltage lines, excluding those of distribution networks, and to submarine links, provided that this infrastructure is used for inter-regional or international transmission or connection;
   b) any equipment or installations essential for the system in question to operate properly, including protection, monitoring and control systems;
  2) as regards gas networks (transporting natural gas or olefin gases), to:
   a) high-pressure gas pipelines, excluding those of distribution networks, making it possible to supply regions of the Community from internal or external sources;
   b) underground storage facilities connected to the above mentioned high-pressure gas pipelines;
   c) reception, storage and regaseification facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and also LNG carriers according to the capacities to be supplied;
   d) any equipment or installations essential for the system in question to operate properly, including protection, monitoring and control systems.

Article 3

Objectives

The Community shall promote the interconnection, interoperability and development of trans-European energy networks and access to such networks in accordance with current Community law, with the aim of:

   a) encouraging the effective operation and development of the internal market in general and of the internal energy market in particular, while encouraging the rational production , transportation, distribution and utilisation of energy resources and the development and connection of renewable energy resources, so as to reduce the cost of energy to the consumer and contribute to the diversification of energy sources;
   b) facilitating the development and reducing the isolation of the less-favoured and island regions of the Community, thereby helping to strengthen economic and social cohesion;
   c) reinforcing the security of energy supplies, in particular by strengthening relations with third countries in the energy sector in the interest of all parties concerned, in particular in the framework of the Energy Charter Treaty and cooperation agreements concluded by the Community.
   d) enhancing sustainable development and protection of the environment, in particular with regard to cogeneration, energy efficiency, energy services and renewable energy sources, and by reducing the social and environmental risks associated with the transportation and transmission of energy.

Article 4

Priorities for action

The priorities for action by the Community on trans-European energy networks shall be compatible with sustainable development and shall be as follows:

  1) for both electricity and gas networks, with particular regard to olefin gas networks :
   a) adapting and developing the energy networks in support of the operation of the internal energy market and, in particular, solving the problems of bottlenecks, especially transfrontier ones, congestion and missing links, and taking account of the needs arising from the functioning of the internal market for electricity and natural gas and the enlargement of the European Union;
   b) establishing energy networks in island, isolated, peripheral and ultraperipheral regions while promoting the diversification of energy sources and the use of renewable energy sources, together with the connection of those networks, where necessary;
  2) for electricity networks:
   a) adapting and developing networks to facilitate the integration and connection of renewable energy production;
   b) ensuring interoperability of electricity networks within the Community with those in the acceding countries and other countries in Europe and the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins;
  3) for gas networks:
   a) development of natural gas networks in order to meet the Community's natural gas consumption needs and to control its natural gas supply systems;
   b) ensuring interoperability of natural gas networks within the Community with those in other countries in Europe, in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Caspian Sea basins, as well as in the Middle East and the Gulf regions, and diversification of natural gas sources and supply routes;
   c) development and integration of olefin gases networks in order to meet the olefin gases consumption needs of the industries in the Community.

Article 5

Lines of action

The broad lines of action by the Community on trans-European energy networks shall be:

   a) the identification of projects of common interest and priority projects , including those of European interest ;
   b) the creation of a more favourable context for development of such networks.

Article 6

Criteria for projects of common interest

1.  The generic criteria to be applied when a decision is taken on identification of , modifications to , specifications or applications for updating projects of common interest are the following:

   a) the projects fall within the scope of Article 2;
   b) the projects reflect the objectives and priorities for action set out in Articles 3 and 4 respectively;
   c) the projects have potential economic viability.

The evaluation of economic viability shall be based upon a cost-benefit analysis which shall take account of all costs and benefits, including those in the medium and/or long term, in connection with all environmental externalities and other environmental aspects, security of supply and the contribution to economic and social cohesion. Projects of common interest which relate to the territory of a Member State shall require the approval of the Member State concerned.

2.  Additional criteria for identifying projects of common interest are set out in Annex II.

Any modifications to the additional criteria for identifying projects of common interest set out in Annex II shall be made in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty.

3.  Only those projects listed in Annex III shall be eligible for Community financial aid under Regulation (EC) No 2236/95. Those projects shall fulfil the criteria laid down in paragraph 1 and set out in Annex II.

4.  The indicative project specifications, comprising the detailed description of the projects and, where appropriate, their geographical description, are set out in Annex III. Those specifications shall be updated in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 14 (2). Updates are of a technical nature and must be limited to technical changes of project, or to modification of a part of the specified routing, or to limited adaptation of the location of the project.

5.  Member States shall take any measures they consider necessary to facilitate and speed up the completion of projects of common interest and to minimise delays while complying with Community law and international conventions on the environment. In particular, the necessary authorisation procedures shall be completed rapidly.

6.  Where parts of projects of common interest are situated within the territory of third countries, the Commission may, after consulting the Member States concerned, put forward proposals, where appropriate within the framework of the management of the agreements between the Community and those third countries and in accordance with the Energy Charter Treaty in respect of third countries which are parties to that Treaty, for the projects also to be recognised as being of reciprocal interest by the third countries concerned, in order to facilitate their implementation.

Article 7

Priority projects

1.  The projects of common interest set out in Annex I shall have priority for the grant of Community financial aid under Regulation (EC) No 2236/95.

Modifications to Annex I shall be decided upon in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty.

2.  The Member States concerned and the Commission shall endeavour, each within their own sphere of competence, to further the carrying out of the priority projects especially cross-border projects.

As regards cross-border investment projects, Member States shall take the necessary measures to ensure that, in the context of national authorisation procedures, the fact that such projects increase the capacity for interconnection of two or more Member States and consequently strengthen Europe-wide security of supply is treated as a decisive criterion in the assessment undertaken by the competent national authorities.

3.  Priority projects shall be compatible with sustainable development and meet the following criteria:

   (a) They shall have a significant impact on the competitive operation of the internal market, and/or
   b) they shall strengthen security of supply in the Community, and/or
   c) they shall result in an increase in the use of renewable energies, energy efficiency services or cogeneration .

Article 8

Projects of European Interest

1.  A selection of projects on the priority axes referred to in Article 7 which are of cross-border nature or which have significant impact on cross-border transmission capacity are declared to be of European interest . Those projects are set out in Annex I .

2.  When submitting projects under the Cohesion Fund, in accordance with Article 10 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1164/94 of 16 May 1994 establishing a cohesion fund (9) , the Member States shall give appropriate priority to the projects declared to be of European interest.

3.  When submitting projects under the budget for the trans-European networks, in accordance with Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No 2236/95, the Member States shall give appropriate priority to the projects declared to be of European interest.

4.  When submitting projects under the Structural Funds, in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 1260/1999 of 21 June 1999 laying down general provisions on structural funds (10) , the Member States shall give appropriate priority to the projects declared to be of European interest.

5.  The Commission shall ensure that the countries qualifying for the instrument for structural policies for pre-accession shall give appropriate priority, when submitting projects under Articles 2 and 7 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1267/1999 of 21 June 1999 establishing an instrument for structural policies for pre-accession (11) , to the projects declared to be of European interest.

6.  If there is a significant current or prospective delay in starting work on one of the projects declared to be of European interest, the Commission shall ask the Member States concerned to give the reasons for the delay within three months.

After receiving and examining the reply from the Member States concerned, the Commission may, with due regard to the principle of proportionality, decide to withdraw the declaration as a project of European interest.

7.  Five years after the completion of a project declared to be of European interest or of one of the sections thereof, the Member States concerned shall carry out an assessment of its socio-economic impact and its impact on the environment, including its impact on trade between Member States, on territorial cohesion and on sustainable development.

Member States shall inform the Commission of the results of this assessment.

8.  To ensure that project authorisation procedures are completed within a reasonable time, if a project is declared to be of European interest the Member States concerned shall coordinate , for each section of the project in question as appropriate, their environmental and socio-economic impact assessments and public consultation procedures prior to authorisation of the project.

9.  If a project which is declared to be of European interest includes a cross-border section which is technically and financially indivisible, the two Member States concerned shall conduct a transnational enquiry with a view to evaluating the cross-border section and consulting the public prior to authorisation of the project.

10.  The coordinated or transnational enquiry procedures referred to in paragraphs 8 and 9 shall apply without prejudice to the obligations relating to environmental protection, particularly environmental impact assessment under Community law .

The Member States concerned shall inform the Commission when such coordinated or transnational enquiry procedures are launched and of the results thereof .

Article 9

Implementation of Projects of European Interest

1.  The projects of European Interest shall be rapidly implemented.

No later than ...(12) Member States shall submit to the Commission a timetable for the completion of those projects including details of:

   a) the envisaged passage of the project through the planning approval process,
   b) the timetable for the feasibility and design phase,
   c) the timetable for the construction of the project,
   d) the entry into service of the project.

2.  Member States shall provide annual reports to the Commission on the progress of the projects referred to in paragraph 1.

Where progress is slower than in the timetable submitted to the Commission, Member States must submit a revised plan to the Commission.

3.  Member States shall take appropriate measures to ensure that the authorisation procedure for projects of European Interest is efficient and does not include any unnecessary delays.

Article 10

European Coordinator

1.  Where projects pose implementation difficulties, the Commission may designate, by agreement with the Member States concerned and after consultation of the European Parliament , a European Coordinator.

The European Coordinator shall act in the name and on behalf of the Commission. The mission of the European Coordinator shall cover a single priority project or a section of a priority project. If necessary, the mission of the European Coordinator may be extended to other related priority projects.

2.  The European Coordinator shall be chosen on the basis of his experience of the European institutions and knowledge of issues relating to the technical, financial, socio-economic and environmental evaluation of major projects.

3.  The decision designating the European Coordinator shall specify how the coordinator is to perform his tasks.

4.  The European Coordinator shall:

   a) promote joint methods for the evaluation of projects; advise project promoters on the financial package for the projects; and give, if appropriate, an opinion on issues relating to the operation of networks;
   b) submit an annual report to the Commission regarding progress achieved in the implementation of the project(s) for which he has been designated, new regulatory or other developments which could affect the characteristics of the project(s) and any difficulties or obstacles which are likely to result in a significant delay;
   c) contribute to the dialogue with operators, users, regional and local authorities and representatives of civil society with a view to gaining fuller knowledge of the demand for transmission services, of the constraints and of the service parameters required to optimise the use of the infrastructure concerned.

5.  The Member States concerned shall cooperate with the European Coordinator and give the Coordinator the information required to carry out the tasks referred to in paragraph 4.

6.  The Commission may seek the opinion of the European Coordinator when examining applications for Community funding for projects or groups of projects for which he has been designated.

7.  In order to avoid unnecessary administrative burden, the level of co-ordination must be proportionate to the costs of the project.

Article 11

More favourable context

1.  In order to contribute to creating a more favourable context for the development of trans-European energy networks and their interoperability, the Community shall take account of Member States' efforts in line with that objective, and attach the greatest importance to the following measures, promoting them as necessary:

   a) technical cooperation between the entities responsible for the trans-European energy networks, in particular for the proper functioning of the connections mentioned in Annex II, points 1, 2 and 7;
   b) facilitating implementation of the authorisation procedures for projects on trans-European energy networks in order to reduce delays;
   c) the provision of assistance to the projects of common interest from its Funds, instruments and financial programmes applicable to those networks.

2.  The Commission shall, in close collaboration with the Member States concerned, take all initiatives for promoting the coordination of the activities referred to in paragraph 1.

3.  The measures necessary for the implementation of the activities referred to in points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1 shall be taken by the Commission in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 14(2).

Article 12

Effects on competition and security of supply

When projects are considered, their effects on competition and on security of supply shall be taken into account. Private financing or financing by the economic operators shall be encouraged while respecting competition and other EU rules. Any competitive distortion between market operators shall be avoided, in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty .

Article 13

Restrictions

1.  This Decision shall not prejudice financial commitments entered into by a Member State or by the Community.

2.  This Decision shall be without prejudice to the results of the environmental impact assessment of projects and of the plans or programmes which define the future authorisation framework for such projects. The results of the environmental impact assessment , where such an assessment is requested in accordance with relevant Community legislation, shall be taken into consideration before a decision on the carrying out of the projects is actually taken in accordance with the relevant Community legislation.

Article 14

Committee

1.  The Commission shall be assisted by a Committee.

2.  Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 5 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

The period laid down in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at three months.

3.  The Committee shall adopt its rules of procedure.

Article 15

Report

Every two years the Commission shall draw up a report on the implementation of this Decision, which it shall submit to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

In this report, attention shall be given to the implementation and progress made in the carrying out of priority projects, as well as the arrangements for their financing, especially as regards the contribution of Community funding, which concern cross-border connections as mentioned in Annex II, points 1, 2 and 7.

Article 16

Repeal

Decision 96/391/EC and Decision No 1229/2003/EC are hereby repealed.

Article 17

Entry into force

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 18

Addressees

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at ...,

For the European Parliament For the Council

The President The President

ANNEX I

TRANS-EUROPEAN ENERGY NETWORKS

Priority project axes, including sites of projects of European interest, as defined in Articles 7 and 8

The priority projects, including projects of European interest, to be carried out on each priority axis are listed below.

ELECTRICITY NETWORKS

EL.1.  France – Belgium – Netherlands – Germany:

electricity network reinforcements in order to resolve congestion in electricity flow through the Benelux.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Aveline (FR) – Avelgem (BE) line

Moulaine (FR) – Aubange (BE) line

EL.2.  Borders of Italy with France, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland:

increasing electricity interconnection capacities.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Lienz (AT) – Cordignano (IT) line

New interconnection between Italy and Slovenia

Udine Ovest (IT) – Okroglo (SI) line

Fiorano (IT) – Nave (IT) – Gorlago (IT) line

Venezia Nord (IT) – Cordignano (IT) line

St-Peter (AT) – Tauern (AT) line

Südburgenland (AT) – Kainachtal (AT) line

Austria-Italy (Thaur-Brixen) interconnection through the Brenner rail tunnel

EL.3.  France – Spain – Portugal:

increasing electricity interconnection capacities between these countries and for the Iberian peninsula and grid development in island regions.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Sentmenat (ES) – Becanó (ES) – Baixas (FR) line

Valdigem (PT) – Douro Internacional (PT) – Aldeadávila (ES) line and Douro Internacional facilities

EL.4.  Greece – Balkan countries – UCTE System:

development of electricity infrastructure to connect Greece to the UCTE System and to enable the South-Eastern Europe electricity market.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Philippi (EL) – Hamidabad (TR) line

EL.5.  United Kingdom – Continental Europe and Northern Europe:

establishing/increasing electricity interconnection capacities and possible integration of offshore wind energy.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Undersea cable link between England (UK) and the Netherlands

EL.6.  Ireland – United Kingdom:

increasing electricity interconnection capacities and possible integration of offshore wind energy.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Undersea cable link between Ireland and Wales (UK)

EL.7.  Denmark – Germany – Baltic Ring (including Norway – Sweden – Finland – Denmark – Germany – Poland – Baltic States – Russia):

increasing electricity interconnection capacities and possible integration of offshore wind energy.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Kassø (DK) – Hamburg/Dollern (DE) line

Hamburg/Krümmel (DE) – Schwerin (DE) line

Kassø (DK) – Revsing (DK) – Tjele (DK) line

Hassing (DK) - Trige (DK) line

Skagerrak 4 (DK) – Norway undersea cable

Connection of Poland and Lithuania, including the upgrading of the Polish electricity network and the PL-DE section as necessary to allow participation in the internal energy market

Estlink undersea cable link between Finland and Estonia

Fennoscan undersea cable link between Finland and Sweden

Halle/Saale (DE) – Schweinfurt (DE)

EL.8.  Germany – Poland – Czech Republic – Slovakia – Austria – Hungary – Slovenia:

increasing electricity interconnection capacities.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Neuenhagen (DE) – Vierraden (DE) – Krajnik (PL) line

Dürnrohr (AT) – Slavětice (CZ) line

New interconnection between Germany and Poland

Veľké Kapušany (SK) – Lemešany (SK) – Moldava (SK) – Sajoivanka (HU)

Gabčíkovo (SK) – Veľký Ďur (SK)

Stupava (SK) – south-east Vienna (AT)

EL.9.  Mediterranean Member States – Mediterranean Electricity Ring:

increasing electricity interconnection capacities between Mediterranean Member States and Morocco – Algeria – Tunisia – Libya – Egypt – Near-East Countries – Turkey.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Electricity connection between Tunisia and Italy

GAS NETWORKS

NG.1.  United Kingdom – Northern Continental Europe, including Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany – Poland – Lithuania – Latvia – Estonia – Finland – Russia:

Gas pipelines to connect some of the main gas sources in Europe, improve network interoperability, and increase security of supply, including the North Transgas pipeline and Yamal – Europe natural gas pipeline, construction of new pipelines and increases in network capacity in and between Germany, Denmark and Sweden, and in and between Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, and Austria .

Including the following projects of European interest:

North Transgas gas pipeline

Yamal – Europe gas pipeline

Natural gas pipeline linking Denmark, Germany and Sweden

Increase in transmission capacity on the Germany – Belgium – United Kingdom axis

NG.2.  Algeria – Spain – Italy – France – Northern Continental Europe:

construction of new natural gas pipelines from Algeria to Spain, France and Italy, and increasing network capacities in and between Spain, France and Italy.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Algeria – Tunisia – Italy gas pipeline

Algeria – Italy gas pipeline, via Sardinia and Corsica, with a branch to France

Medgas gas pipeline (Algeria – Spain – France – Continental Europe)

NG.3.  Caspian Sea countries – Middle East – European Union:

new natural gas pipeline networks to the European Union from new sources, including the Turkey – Greece, Greece – Italy, Turkey – Austria, and Greece – Slovenia – Austria (via the western Balkans) natural gas pipelines.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Turkey – Greece – Italy gas pipeline

Turkey – Austria gas pipeline

NG.4.  LNG terminals in Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Poland:

diversifying sources of supply and entry points, including the LNG terminals" connections with the transmission grid.

NG.5.  Underground natural gas storage in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and the Baltic Sea region :

increasing capacity in Spain, France, Italy and the Baltic Sea region and construction of the first facilities in Portugal, Greece, and Lithuania

NG.6.  Mediterranean Member States – East Mediterranean Gas Ring:

Establishing and increasing natural gas pipeline capacities between the Mediterranean Member States and Libya – Egypt – Jordan – Syria – Turkey.

Including the following projects of European interest:

Libya – Italy gas pipeline

ANNEX II

TRANS-EUROPEAN ENERGY NETWORKS

Additional criteria for identifying projects of common interest referred to in Article 6(2)

ELECTRICITY NETWORKS

1.  Developing electricity networks in island, isolated, peripheral and ultraperipheral regions while promoting the diversification of energy sources and enhancing the use of renewable energies, and connection of the electricity networks of those regions, if appropriate.

-  • Ireland – United Kingdom (Wales)

-  • Greece (islands)

-  • Italy (Sardinia) – France (Corsica) – Italy (mainland)

-  • Connections in island regions, including connections to the mainland

-  • Connections in ultraperipheral regions in France, Spain, Portugal

2.  Developing electricity connections between the Member States needed for the functioning of the internal market and in order to ensure the reliability and dependability of the operation of electricity networks.

-  • France – Belgium – Netherlands – Germany

-  • France – Germany

-  • France – Italy

-  • France – Spain

-  • Portugal – Spain

-  • Finland – Sweden

-  • Finland – Estonia – Latvia – Lithuania

-  • Austria – Italy

-  • Italy – Slovenia

-  • Austria – Italy – Slovenia – Hungary

-  • Germany – Poland

-  • Germany – Poland – Czech Republic – Austria – Slovakia – Hungary

-  • Hungary – Slovakia

-  • Hungary – Austria

-  • Poland – Lithuania

-  • Ireland – United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

-  • Austria – Germany – Slovenia – Hungary

-  • Netherlands – United Kingdom

-  • Germany – Denmark – Sweden

-  • Greece – Italy

-  • Hungary – Slovenia

-  • Malta – Italy

-  • Finland – Estonia

-  • Italy – Slovenia

3.  Developing electrical connections within the Member States where this is needed in order to take advantage of the connections between the Member States, the functioning of the internal market or the connection of renewable energy sources

-  • All Member States

4.  Developing electricity connections with the non-member states , and more particularly with the candidate countries for accession, thus contributing towards interoperability, the operational reliability and dependability of the electricity grids or the supply of electricity within the European Community.

-  • Germany – Norway

-  • The Netherlands – Norway

-  • Sweden – Norway

-  • United Kingdom – Norway

-  • Baltic Electricity Ring: Germany – Poland – Belarus – Russia – Lithuania – Latvia – Estonia – Finland – Sweden – Norway – Denmark

-  • Norway – Sweden – Finland – Russia

-  • Mediterranean Electricity Ring: France – Spain – Morocco – Algeria – Tunisia – Libya – Egypt – near eastern countries – Turkey – Greece – Italy

-  • Greece – Turkey

-  • Italy – Switzerland

-  • Austria – Switzerland

-  • Hungary – Romania

-  • Hungary – Serbia

-  • Hungary – Croatia

-  • Italy – Tunisia

-  • Greece – Balkan countries

-  • Spain – Morocco

-  • Spain – Andorra – France

-  • EU – Balkan countries – Belarus – Russia – Ukraine

-  • Black Sea Electricity Ring: Russia – Ukraine – Romania – Bulgaria – Turkey – Georgia

-  • Bulgaria – FYROM/Greece – Albania – Italy or Bulgaria – Greece – Italy

5.  Actions improving the functioning of the interconnected electricity networks within the internal market and, in particular, identifying the bottlenecks and missing links, developing solutions in order to deal with congestion and adapting the methods of forecasting and of operating electricity networks.

–  • Identifying the bottlenecks and missing links, especially cross border, within electricity networks

–  • Developing solutions for electricity flow management in order to deal with the problems of congestion within electricity networks

–  • Adapting the methods of forecasting and of operating electricity networks required by the functioning of the internal market and the use of a high percentage of renewable energy sources.

GAS NETWORKS

6.  Introducing natural gas into new regions, mainly island, isolated, peripheral and ultraperipheral regions and developing natural gas networks in these regions.

–  • United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

–  • Ireland

–  • Spain

–  • Portugal

–  • Greece

–  • Sweden

–  • Denmark

–  • Italy (Sardinia)

–  • France (Corsica)

–  • Cyprus

–  • Malta

–  • Ultraperipheral regions in France, Spain, Portugal

7.  Developing natural gas connections in order to meet the needs of the internal market or strengthening of the security of supply, including connection of separate natural gas and olefin gas networks.

–  • Ireland – United Kingdom

–  • France – Spain

–  • France – Switzerland

–  • Portugal – Spain

–  • Austria – Germany

–  • Austria – Hungary

–  • Austria – Hungary – Slovakia – Poland

–  • Poland – Czech Republic

–  • Slovakia – Czech Republic – Germany – Austria

–  • Austria – Italy

–  • Greece – Other Balkan countries

–  • Austria – Hungary – Romania – Bulgaria – Greece – Turkey

–  • France – Italy

–  • Greece – Italy

–  • Austria – Czech Republic

–  • Germany – Czech Republic – Austria – Italy

–  • Austria – Slovenia – Croatia

–  • Hungary – Croatia

–  • Hungary – Romania

–  • Hungary – Slovakia

–  • Hungary – Ukraine

–  • Slovenia – Balkan countries

–  • Belgium – Netherlands – Germany

–  • United Kingdom – The Netherlands – Germany

–  • Germany – Poland

–  • Denmark – United Kingdom

–  • Denmark – Germany – Sweden

–  • Denmark – Netherlands

8.  Developing capacities for receiving LNG and for storage of natural gas, needed in order to meet demand, control gas supply systems, and diversify sources and supply routes.

–  • All Member States

9.  Developing natural gas transport capacity (gas supply pipelines) needed in order to meet demand and diversify supplies from internal and external sources, as well as supply routes.

–  • Nordic Gas Grid: Norway – Denmark – Germany – Sweden – Finland – Russia – Baltic States – Poland

–  • Algeria – Spain – France

–  • Russia – Ukraine – EU

–  • Russia – Belarus – Ukraine – EU

–  • Russia – Belarus – EU

–  • Russia – Baltic Sea – Germany

–  • Russia – Baltic States – Poland – Germany

–  • Germany – Czech Republic – Poland – Germany – Other Member States

–  • Libya – Italy

–  • Tunisia – Libya – Italy

–  • Caspian Sea countries – EU

–  • Russia – Ukraine – Moldavia – Romania – Bulgaria – Greece – Slovenia – Other Balkan countries

–  • Russia – Ukraine – Slovakia – Hungary – Slovenia – Italy

–  • The Netherlands – Germany – Switzerland – Italy

–  • Belgium – France – Switzerland – Italy

–  • Denmark – (Sweden) – Poland

–  • Norway – Russia – EU

–  • Ireland

–  • Algeria – Italy – France

–  • Algeria – Tunisia – Italy

–  • Middle East – East Mediterranean Gas Ring – EU

–  • Winksele blending installation on north-south axis (blending of H gas with nitrogen)

–  • Capacity upgrade on east-west axis: Zeebrugge Eynatten

10.  Actions improving the functioning of the interconnected natural gas networks within the internal market and transit countries, in particular, identifying the bottlenecks and missing links, developing solutions in order to deal with congestion and adapting methods of forecasting and of operating natural gas networks efficiently and safely.

–  • Identifying the bottlenecks and missing links, especially cross-border, within the natural gas networks.

–  • Developing solutions for natural gas flow management in order to deal with the problems of congestion within the gas networks.

–  • Adapting the methods of forecasting and operating natural gas networks required by the functioning of the internal market.

–  • Increasing the overall performance, safety and security of the natural gas networks in transit countries.

11.  Developing and integrating olefin gases transport capacity needed in order to meet demand within the internal market.

–  • All Member States

ANNEX III

TRANS–EUROPEAN ENERGY NETWORKS

Projects of common interest and their specifications, currently identified according to the criteria set out in Annex II

ELECTRICITY NETWORKS

1.  1 Developing electricity networks in isolated regions

1.1  Submarine cable Ireland - Wales (UK)

1.2  Connection of the Southern Cyclades (EL )

1.  3 30 kV underwater cable link between the islands of Faial, Pico and S. Jorge (Azores, PT)

1.4   Connection and reinforcement of the grid in Terceira, Faial and S Miguel (Azores, PT)

1.5  Connection and reinforcement of the grid in Madeira (PT)

1.6  Submarine cable Sardinia (IT) - Italy mainland

1.7  Submarine cable Corsica (FR) - Italy

1.8  Connection Italy mainland - Sicily (IT) : doubling of the connection Sorgente (IT) - Rizziconi (IT)

1.9   New connections in the Balearic and Canary Islands (ES)

2.  2 Developing electricity connections between the Member States

2.1  Moulaine (FR) - Aubange (BE) line

2.2  Avelin (FR) - Avelgem (BE) line

2.3  Interconnection between Germany and Belgium

2.4  Vigy (FR) - Marlenheim (FR) line

2.5  Vigy (FR) - Uchtelfangen (DE) line

2.6  La Praz (FR) phase transformer

2.7  Further increase of capacity through existing interconnection between France and Italy

2.8  New interconnection between France and Italy

2.9  New trans-Pyrenean interconnection between France and Spain

2.10  Eastern Pyrenees connection between France and Spain

2.11  Connections between northern Portugal and north-western Spain

2.12  Sines (PT) - Alqueva (PT) - Balboa (ES) line

2.13  Connection between southern Portugal and south-western Spain

2.14  Valdigem (PT) - Douro Internacional (PT) - Aldeadávila (ES) line and Douro Internacional facilities

2.15  Connection north of the Gulf of Bothnia and Fennoscan undersea cable between Finland and Sweden

2.16  Lienz (AT) - Cordignano (IT) line

2.17  Somplago (IT) – Wuermlach (AT) interconnection

2.18  Austria-Italy (Thaur-Brixen) interconnection through the Brenner rail tunnel

2.19  Connection between Ireland and Northern Ireland

2.20  St Peter (AT) - Isar (DE) line

2.21  Submarine cable between south eastern England and central Netherlands

2.22  Reinforcement of connections between Denmark and Germany, e.g. the Kasso - Hamburg line

2.23  Reinforcement of the connections between Denmark and Sweden

2.24  New interconnection between Slovenia and Hungary: Cirkovce (SI) – Heviz (HU)

2.25  Sajoivanka (HU) – Rimavská Sobota (SK)

2.26  Moldava – Sajoivanka (HU)

2.27  Stupava (SK) – south-east Vienna (AT)

2.28  Poland – Germany line: (Neuenhagen (DE) – Vierraden (DE) – Krajnik (PL)

2.29  Poland – Lithuania link (Elk – Alytus)

2.30  Undersea cable link between Finland and Estonia

2.31  Installation of flexible alternating current transmission systems linking Italy and Slovenia

2.32  New connections between the UCTE and CENTREL systems

2.33  Dürnrohr (AT) – Slavětice (CZ)

2.34  Undersea electricity connection between Malta (MT) and Sicily (IT)

2.35  New interconnections between Italy and Slovenia

2.36  Udine Ovest (IT) – Okroglo (SI) line

3.  3 Developing electrical connections within the Member States

3.1  Connections on the Danish east-west axis: connection between Denmark's western (UCTE) and eastern (NORDEL) networks.

3.2  Connection on the Danish north–south axis

3.3  New connections in northern France

3.4  New connections in south-western France

3.5  Trino Vercellese (IT) - Lacchiarelle (IT) line

3.6  Turbigo (IT) - Rho -Bovisio (IT)line

3.7  Voghera (IT) - La Casella (IT) line

3.8 S.  Fiorano (IT) - Nave (IT) – Gorlago (IT) line

3.9  Venezia Nord (IT) - Cordignano (IT) line

3.10  Redipuglia (IT) - Udine Ovest (IT) line

3.11  New connections on the east-west axis of Italy

3.12  Tavarnuzze (IT) - Casellina (IT) line

3.13  Tavarnuzze (IT) - S.Barbara (IT) line

3.14  Rizziconi (IT) - Feroleto (IT) - Laino (IT) line

3.15  New connections on the north-south axis Italy

3.16  Network modifications for facilitating renewables connections in Italy

3.17  New wind energy connections in Italy

3.18  New connections on the north axis of Spain

3.19  New connections in the Mediterranean axis of Spain

3.20  New connections on the Galicia (ES) - Centro (ES) axis

3.21  New connections on the Centro (ES) - Aragón (ES) axis

3.22  New connections on the Aragón (ES) - Levante (ES) axis

3.23  New connections on the Spanish south-centre axis (ES)

3.24  New connections on the Spanish east-centre axis (ES)

3.25   New connections in Andalucía (ES)

3.26  Pedralva (PT) - Riba d'Ave (PT) line and Pedralva facilities

3.27  Recarei (PT) - Valdigem (PT) line

3.28  Picote (PT) - Pocinho (PT) line (upgrading)

3.29  Modification of the current Pego (PT) - Cedillo (ES)/Falagueira (PT) line and Falagueira facilities

3.30  Pego (PT) - Batalha (PT) line and Batalha facilities

3.31  Sines (PT) - Ferreira do Alentejo (PT) I line (upgrading)

3.32  New wind energy connections in Portugal

3.33  Pereiros (PT) - Zêzere (PT) - Santarém (PT) lines and Zêzere facilities

3.34  Batalha (PT) - Rio Maior (PT) I and II lines (upgradings)

3.35  Carrapatelo (PT) - Mourisca (PT) line (upgrading)

3.36  Valdigem (PT) - Viseu (PT) - Anadia (PT) line

3.37  Deviation of the current Rio Maior (PT) - Palmela (PT) line to Ribatejo (PT) and Ribatejo facilities

3.38  Thessaloniki (EL) , Lamia (EL) and Patras (EL ) substations and connecting lines

3.39  Connections of the regions of Evia (EL) , Lakonia (EL) and Thrace (EL)

3.40  Strengthening of existing connections of peripheral regions in the mainland in Greece

3.41  Tynagh (IE) - Cashla (IE) line

3.42  Flagford (IE) - East Sligo (IE) line

3.43  Connections in the North-East and West of Spain, in particular to connect to the network wind-power generation capacities

3.44   Connections in the Basque country (ES), Aragón (ES) and Navarra (ES)

3.45  Connections in Galicia (ES)

3.46  Connections in central Sweden

3.47  Connections in southern Sweden

3.48  Hamburg (DE) – Schwerin region (DE) line

3.49  Halle/Saale region (DE) – Schwerin region (DE) line

3.50  New wind energy connections off-and onshore in Germany

3.51  Upgrading of 380 kV grid in Germany for connection of offshore windmill parks

3.52  Connections in Northern Ireland, in relation to the interconnections with Ireland

3.53   Connections in the North-West of United Kingdom

3.54   Connections in Scotland and England, with a view to the greater use of renewable sources in electricity generation

3.55   New offshore wind energy connections in Belgium, including upgrade of 380 kV grid

3.56  Borssele substation (NL)

3.57  Implementation of reactive power compensation equipment (NL)

3.58  Installation of phase shifters and/or capacitor batteries in Belgium

3.59  Upgrading of 380 kV grid in Belgium to increase import capacity

3.60  St. Peter (AT) - Tauern (AT) line

3.61  Süd-Burgenland (AT) - Kainachtal (AT) line

3.62  Dunowo (PL) – Zydowo (PL) – Krzewina (PL) – Plewiska (PL)

3.63  Patnow (PL) – Grudziadz (PL)

3.64  Ostrow (PL) – Plewiska (PL)

3.65  Ostrow (PL) – Trebaczew (Rogowiec) (PL)

3.66  Plewiska (PL) – Patnow (PL)

3.67  Tarnow (PL) – Krosno (PL)

3.68  Elk (PL) – Olsztyn Matki (PL)

3.69  Elk (PL) – Narew (PL)

3.70  Mikulowa (PL) – Swiebodzice-Dobrzen (Groszowice) (PL)

3.71  Patnow (PL) – Sochaczew (PL) – Warsaw (PL)

3.72  Krsko (SI) – Bericevo (SI)

3.73  Upgrade of Slovene transmission system from 220 kV to 400 kV

3.74  Medzibrod (SK) – Liptovská Mara (SK)

3.75  Lemešany (SK) – Moldava (SK)

3.76  Lemešany (SK) – Veľké Kapušany (SK)

3.77  Gabčíkovo (SK) – Veľký Ďur (SK)

3.78  Connections in northern Sweden

3.79  Transferring Saaremaa (ET) supply to 110 kV

3.80  Improving Tartu (ET) power supply

3.81  Renovation of Eesti (ET) substation (300 kV)

3.82  Renovation of Kiisa (ET), Püssi (ET), and Viljandi (ET) substations (110kV)

3.83  Nošovice (CZ) – Prosenice (CZ): reconstruction of the 400 kV single line as a 400 kV double-circuit line

3.84  Krasíkov (CZ) – Horni Životice (CZ): new 400 kV single line

3.85  New wind energy connections in Malta (MT)

4.  4 Developing electricity connections with the non-member states

4.1  New interconnection Italy - Switzerland

4.2  Philippi (EL) - Maritsa 3 (Bulgaria) line

4.3   Amintaio (EL) - Bitola (FYROM) line

4.4  Kardia (EL) - Elbasan (Albania) line

4.5  Elbasan (Albania) - Podgorica (Serbia and Montenegro) line

4.6  Mostar (Bosnia–Herzegovina) substation and connecting lines

4.7  Ernestinovo (Croatia) substation and connecting lines

4.8  New connections between Greece and Albania, Bulgaria and FYROM

4.9  Philippi (EL) - Hamidabad (TR) line

4.10  Submarine cable between north – east /east England and southern Norway

4.11  Eemshaven (NL) - Feda (NO) link

4.12  Submarine cable between south Spain and Morocco (strengthening of existing connection)

4.13  Connections for the Baltic Electricity Ring: Germany - Poland - Russia - Estonia - Latvia - Lithuania - Sweden - Finland - Denmark - Belarus

4.14  Southern Finland - Russia links

4.15  New connections between north Sweden and north Norway

4.16  New connections between mid- Sweden and mid- Norway

4.17   Borgvik (S) - Hoesle (NO) - Oslo region (NO) line

4.18   New connections between the UCTE/CENTREL system and the Balkan countries

4.19   Connections and interface between the extended UCTE system and Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, including relocation of HVDC conversion stations operating previously between Austria and Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, and Germany and the Czech Republic

4.20  Connections in the Black Sea Electricity Ring: Russia - Ukraine - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Georgia

4.21  New connections in the Black Sea area with a view to interoperability of the extended UCTE system with the networks in the countries covered

4.22  New connections in the Mediterranean Electricity Ring: France - Spain - Morocco - Algeria - Tunisia - Libya - Egypt - Near Eastern countries - Turkey - Greece - Italy

4.23  Submarine cable between south Spain and north-west Algeria

4.24  Submarine cable between Italy and North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia, Libya)

4.25  Electricity connection between Tunisia and Italy

4.26   New connections in the Barents region/area

4.27  Upgrading of connections between Denmark and Norway

4.28  Obermoorweiler (DE) – Meiningen (AT) – Bonaduz (CH): further capacity increase

4.29  Bekescsaba (HU) – Oradea (RO)

4.30  Pecs (HU) – Sombor (YU)

4.31  Pecs (HU) – Ernestinovo (HR)

4.32  Veľké Kapušany (SK) – Ukraine border

4.33  Andrall (ES) – Encamp (AND): capacity increase to 220 kV

4.34  Spain – Andorra –France: upgrade of connections

5.  5 Actions improving the functioning of the interconnected electricity networks within the internal market

(No specifications defined yet)

GAS NETWORKS

6.  6 Introducing natural gas into new regions

6.1  Developing gas network from Belfast towards the north-west region of Northern Ireland (UK) and, if appropriate, to the western coast of Ireland

6.2  LNG in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands (ES)

6.3  LNG in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES)

6.4  LNG in Madeira (PT)

6.5  Development of gas network in Sweden

6.6  Connection between the Balearic Islands (ES) and mainland Spain

6.7  High-pressure branch to Thrace (EL)

6.8  High-pressure branch to Corinth (EL)

6.9  High-pressure branch to north-west Greece (EL)

6.10  Connection of Lolland (DK) and Falster (DK) islands

6.11  LNG in Cyprus, Vasilikos Energy Centre

6.12  Connection of Vasilikos (CY) LNG plant and Moni (CY) power station

6.13  LNG in Crete (EL)

6.14  High-pressure branch to Patra (EL)

6.15  LNG in Malta

7.  7 Developing gas connections in order to meet the needs of the internal market or strengthening of the security of supply, including connection of separate natural gas networks

7.1  Additional gas interconnection pipeline between Ireland and Scotland

7.2  North–South interconnection, including Dublin - Belfast pipeline

7.3  Compression station on the Lacq (FR) - Calahorra (ES) pipeline

7.4  Lussagnet (FR) - Bilbao (ES) pipeline

7.5  Perpignan (FR) - Barcelona (ES) pipeline

7.6  Increasing transport capacity of gas pipelines supplying Portugal through south Spain and Galicia and Asturias through Portugal

7.7  Puchkirchen (AT) - Burghausen (DE) pipeline

7.8  Andorf (AT) - Simbach (DE) pipeline

7.9  Wiener Neustadt (AT) - Sopron (HU) pipeline

7.10  Bad Leonfelden (DE) - Linz (AT) pipeline

7.11  North-west Greece - Elbasan (AL) pipeline

7.12  Greece - Italy interconnection pipeline

7.13  Compression station on the main pipeline in Greece

7.14  Connection between the networks of Austria and Czech Republic

7.15  Gas transport corridor in South-East Europe across Greece, FYROM, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria

7.16  Gas transport corridor between Austria and Turkey through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria

7.17  Interconnecting pipelines between United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, linking the main sources and markets of north-west Europe

7.18  Connection between north-east Germany (Berlin area) and north-west Poland (Szczecin area) with a branch from Schmölln to Lubmin (DE, Greifswald area)

7.19  Cieszyn (PL) – Ostrava (CZ) gas pipeline

7.20  Görlitz (DE) – Zgorzelec (PL): extension and interconnection of natural gas networks

7.21  Bernau (DE) – Szczecin (PL) extension

7.22  Connection between offshore facilities in the North Sea, or from Danish offshore to United Kingdom onshore facilities

7.23  Reinforcement of the capacity of transport between France and Italy

7.24  The Baltic gas interconnector between Denmark - Germany - Sweden

7.25  Winksele (BE) blending station on north-south axis

7.26  Zeebrugge (BE) – Eynatten (BE) capacity upgrade

7.27  Capacity upgrading along north-west axis: Zelzate (BE) – Zeebrugge (BE)

7.28  Construction of a gas pipeline linking Denmark and the Netherlands and connecting existing North Sea production facilities

8.  8 Developing capacities for receiving liquefied natural gas (LNG) and for storage of natural gas

8.1  LNG at Le Verdon-sur-mer (FR, new terminal) and pipeline to Lussagnet (FR) storage

8.2  LNG at Fos-sur-mer (FR)

8.3  LNG at Huelva (ES), extending existing terminal

8.4  LNG at Cartagena (ES), extending existing terminal

8.5  LNG at Galicia (ES), new terminal

8.6  LNG at Bilbao (ES), new terminal

8.7  LNG in the Valencia region (ES), new terminal

8.8  LNG in Barcelona (ES), extending existing terminal

8.9  LNG in Sines (PT), new terminal

8.10  LNG at Revithoussa (EL) , extending existing terminal

8.11  LNG on the North Adriatic coast (IT)

8.12  LNG offshore in the North Adriatic Sea (IT)

8.13  LNG on the South Adriatic coast (IT)

8.14  LNG on the Ionian coast (IT)

8.15  LNG on the Tyrrenian coast (IT)

8.16  LNG on the Ligurian coast (IT)

8.17  LNG at Zeebrugge (BE , second phase of capacity extension )

8.18  LNG at Isle of Grain, Kent (UK)

8.19  Construction of a second LNG terminal in mainland Greece

8.20  Developing underground gas storage facilities in Ireland

8.21  Storage at South Kavala (EL) , conversion of an offshore depleted gas field

8.22  Storage at Lussagnet (FR, extending existing site)

8.23  Storage at Pecorade (FR, conversion of a depleted oil field)

8.24  Storage in Alsace region (FR, developing of saline cavities)

8.25  Storage in Centre region (FR, developing water table).

8.26  Storage on the north-south axis of Spain (new sites) in Cantabria, Aragon, Castilla y León, Castilla - La Mancha and Andalucia

8.27  Storage on the Mediterranean axis of Spain (new sites) in Catalonia, Valencia and Murcia

8.28  Storage in Carriço (PT, new site)

8.29  Storage at Loenhout (BE, extending existing site)

8.30  Storage at Stenlille (DK) and Lille Torup (DK, extending existing site)

8.31  Storage at Tønder (DK, new site)

8.32  Storage at Puchkirchen (AT, extending existing site), including pipeline to the Penta West system near Andorf (AT)

8.33  Storage at Baumgarten (AT, new site)

8.34  Storage at Haidach (AT, new site), including pipeline to the European gas grid

8.35  Developing underground gas storage facilities in Italy

8.36  Storage at Wierzchowice (PL, extension of existing site)

8.37  Storage at Kossakowo (PL, development of underground storage)

8.38  Malta (MT) – Sicily (IT) gas pipeline

8.39  Storage in Lithuania (new site)

9.  9 Developing gas transport capacity (gas supply pipelines)

9.1  Creation and development of connections Nordic Gas Grid: Norway - Denmark - Germany - Sweden - Finland - Russia - Baltic States - Poland

9.2  The Mid-Nordic gas pipeline: Norway, Sweden, Finland

9.3  The North European gas pipeline: Russia, Baltic Sea, Germany

9.4  Gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, via Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, including developing underground gas storage facilities in Latvia ("Amber" project)

9.5  Gas pipeline Finland–Estonia

9.6  New gas pipelines from Algeria to Spain and France and related capacity increase of the internal networks in these countries

9.7  Increasing transport capacity of the Algeria - Morocco - Spain (up to Córdoba) pipeline

9.8  Córdoba (ES) - Ciudad Real (ES) pipeline

9.9  Ciudad Real (ES) - Madrid (ES) pipeline

9.10  Ciudad Real (ES) - Mediterranean coast (ES) pipeline

9.11  Branches in Castilla (ES) - La Mancha (ES)

9.12  Extension towards north-west Spain

9.13  Algeria - Spain submarine pipeline and pipelines for the connection to France

9.14  Increasing transport capacity from Russian resources to the European Union, via Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

9.15  Increasing transport capacity from Russian resources to the European Union, via Belarus and Poland

9.16  Yamal – Europe II natural gas pipeline

9.17  Yagal Sud gas pipeline (between the STEGAL pipeline leading to the DE, FR, CH triangle)

9.18  SUDAL East gas pipeline (between MIDAL pipeline near Heppenheim to Burghausen connection with the PENTA pipeline in Austria)

9.19  Increase in transport capacity of the STEGAL gas pipeline for transport of additional gas from the Czech-German border and from the Polish-German border through Germany to other Member States

9.20  Gas pipeline from Libyan resources to Italy

9.21  Gas pipeline from resources in the Caspian Sea countries to the European Union

9.22  Greece - Turkey gas pipeline

9.23  Increasing transport capacity from Russian resources to Greece and other Balkan countries, via Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania and Bulgaria

9.24  St. Zagora (BG) - Ihtiman (BG) gas pipeline

9.25  Trans-Adriatic pipeline – Natural gas pipeline to transport natural gas imported from the Caspian Sea region, Russia, and the Middle East, connecting Italy and the South-East European energy markets

9.26   Connecting pipelines between the German, Czech, Austrian and Italian gas networks

9.27  Gas pipeline from Russian resources to Italy, via Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia

9.28  Increasing transport capacity of the TENP gas pipeline running from the Netherlands through Germany to Italy

9.29  Taisnieres (FR) - Oltingue (CH) gas pipeline

9.30  Gas pipeline from Denmark to Poland, possibly via Sweden

9.31  Nybro (DK) - Dragør (DK) gas pipeline, including connecting pipeline to the storage at Stenlille (DK)

9.32  Gas network from the Barents Sea resources to the European Union, via Sweden and Finland

9.33  Gas pipeline from the Corrib field (IE, offshore)

9.34  Gas pipeline from Algerian resources to Italy, via Sardinia with a branch to Corsica

9.35  Gas network from resources in the Middle East to the European Union

9.36   Gas pipeline from Norway to the United Kingdom

9.37  Pécs (HU) – Croatia connection

9.38  Szeged (HU) – Oradea (RO) connection

9.39  Vecses (HU) – Slovakia connection

9.40  Beregdaroc (HU) – Ukraine capacity increase

10.  10 Actions improving the functioning of the interconnected gas networks within the internal market

(No specifications defined yet)

(1) OJ C 241, 28.9.2004, p. 17 .
(2) Position of the European Parliament of 7 June 2005.
(3) OJ L 176, 15.7.2003, p. 11.
(4) OJ L 176, 15.7.2003, p. 37. Directive as amended by Council Directive 2004/85/EC (OJ L 236, 7.7.2004, p. 10) .
(5) OJ L 176, 15.7.2003, p. 57.
(6) OJ L 228, 23.9.1995, p.1, Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 807/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 143, 30.4.2004, p. 46) .
(7) OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.
(8) OJ L 161, 29.6.1996, p. 154
(9) OJ L 130, 25.5.1994, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by the 2003 Act of Accession.
(10) OJ L 161, 26.6.1999, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 173/2005 (OJ L 29, 2.2.2005, p. 3).
(11) OJ L 161, 26.6.1999, p. 73. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 2257/2004 (OJ L 389, 30.12.2004, p.1).
(12)* Six months after the entry into force of this Decision.

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