Have you heard the news? The gas pipeline that was being built between Catalonia and France has been CANCELLED!
After years of local, national and European campaigning, this comes as a huge success and promises a great start of the year. (video below)
Both the Spanish and French regulators (CRE and CNMC) have officially announced that the pipeline “fails to comply with market needs and lacks sufficient maturity”. They will not support it financially, blocking its progress for the next two years. In other words, the project promoters of MidCat have lost one of the last windows of opportunity to build the pipeline.
The big picture?
This announcement is a game changer for all gas projects in Europe. It showed for the first time the European Commission being critical of gas projects, recognising their inconsistency with green house gas emissions. It also shed a light on divisions within the gas industry, with GRT Gaz (one of the project promoters) publicly stating that there is no need for new gas infrastructure in Europe.
All our respect goes to the incredible local groups in Girona, Barcelona, Perpignan who have been fighting this pipeline with everything they have. People power!
"It always seems impossible until its done" - If we did it for MidCat, we can do it for every single gas project.