The conflicting ideas for Europe’s future energy mix are highlighted by French skepticism of a new gas pipeline across the Pyrenees as the nation urgently deals with a power crisis. A third gas pipeline between France and Spain would be called MidCat.
Supporters claim that it would assist Europe in reducing its dependency on Russian gas. But Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, has been direct in telling his allies that he does not support the concept. At a last-minute emergency meeting, EU ministers considered many projects, including MidCat.
They worry that he could be wanting something in exchange, such as EU funding or support for another initiative. France will be able to supply up to 20 terawatt hours of gas throughout the winter thanks to MidCat. France would prefer to manufacture its own hydrogen rather than rely on imports. Plan B may eschew France entirely and construct a pipeline beneath Italy to transport it to Europe’s industrial core.