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IP/09/804

Brussels, 18 May 2009

The Commission calls for proposals for €4 billion worth of energy investments

The European Commission has launched today a call for proposals covering key energy infrastructure projects such as energy interconnections, offshore wind energy and carbon capture and storage as part of the implementation of the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR), on which the Council and the Parliament recently reached agreement. Project promoters are invited to submit their proposals by 15 July 2009. The Commission expects to sign the first grant agreements and decisions before the end of the year. In total nearly €4 billion worth of financial aid will be available to support new energy-related investments.

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: "The financing that has been made available will act as a role to secure and speed up investments in the energy sector. In addition, the funds allocated to projects will have a direct impact on the EU economy and on employment.

"It will also help to improve the security of supply of the most vulnerable Member States. The gas crisis earlier this year showed the vulnerability of Europe with respect to its gas supply. In addition this funding will assist in speeding up the implementation of the 20/20/20 objectives for 2020 by promoting for the first time on a large scale the development of Carbon Capture Storage technologies and the implementation of high power wind turbines."

The EU funding available for the implementation of the EEPR for 2009 and 2010 will be €3.98 billion, allocated as follows:

(a)     gas and electricity infrastructure projects  (€2.365 billion)

(b)     offshore wind energy projects  (€565 million)

(c)     carbon capture and storage projects  (€1.050 billion )

The list of eligible projects is indicated in the annex. The text of the call for tender, as well as the supporting documents, is available on the Commission's website.


ANNEX Eligible projects

A.           INTERCONNECTIONS

1.           Gas interconnections

Project

Location of projects supported

Envisaged Community contribution

(€ million)

Southern Gas Corridor

Nabucco

 

 

ITGI – Poseidon

 

Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania

Italy, Greece

 

200

 

 

100

Baltic interconnection

Skanled, Baltic Pipe

 

Poland, Denmark, Sweden

 

150

LNG network

Liquefied Natural Gas terminal at Polish coast at port of Świnoujście

 

Poland

 

80

Central and South East Europe

Slovakia-Hungary Interconnector

(Velky Krtis – Vecsés)

 

Gas transmission system in Slovenia between the Austrian Border to Ljubljana (excluding the section Rogatec-Kidričevo)

 

Interconnection Bulgaria-Greece

(Stara Zagora - Dimitrovgrad-Komotini)

 

Romania-Hungary gas interconnector

 

Expansion of Gas Storage Capacity in the Czech hub

 

Infrastructure and equipment to permit reverse gas flow in the event of short term supply disruption

 

 

 

 

Slovakia-Poland interconnection

 

Hungary-Croatia interconnection

 

Bulgaria-Romania interconnection

 

Slovakia, Hungary

 

 

Slovenia

 

 

 

Bulgaria, Greece

 

 

Romania, Hungary

 

Czech Republic

 

 

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia

 

Slovakia, Poland

 

Hungary

 

Bulgaria, Romania

 

30

 

 

40

 

 

 

45

 

 

30

 

35

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

20

 

10

Mediterranean

Reinforcement of French gas network on the Africa-Spain-France axis

 

France

 

200

GALSI (Gazoduc Algérie-Italie)

 

Gas Interconnection Western Axis Larrau Branch

 

Italy

 

Spain

    120

 

45

 

North Sea area

Germany-Belgium-United Kingdom pipeline

 

France-Belgium connection

 

Belgium

 

France, Belgium

 

35

 

200

 

TOTAL

 

1440

 

 

2.           Electricity interconnections

 

Project

Location of projects supported

Envisaged Community contribution

(EUR million)

Baltic interconnection

Estlink-2

 

Interconnection Sweden- Baltic States, and strengthening of the grid in Baltic States

 

Estonia, Finland

 

Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania

 

100

 

175

Central and South East Europe

Halle/Saale – Schweinfurt

 

Wien-Györ

 

Germany

 

Austria, Hungary

 

 100

 

20

Mediterranean

Portugal-Spain interconnection reinforcement

 

Interconnection France-Spain (Baixas – Sta Llogaia)

 

New 380 kV AC submarine cable between Sicily- Continental Italy (Sorgente – Rizziconi)

 

Portugal

 

France, Spain

 

Italy

 

 

50

 

225

 

110

North Sea area

500 MW Ireland/Wales interconnector

(Meath-Deeside)

 

Ireland, United Kingdom

 

110

Electricity interconnection Malta-Italy

Malta/Italy

20

TOTAL

 

910

 

3. Small island projects

 

Small isolated island initiatives

Cyprus

 

Malta

 

10

 

5

TOTAL

 

15


B. OFFSHORE WIND PROJECTS

Project

Capacity

Location of projects supported

Envisaged

Community

contribution

(EUR million)

1) Grid integration of offshore wind energy

1.1. Baltic - Kriegers Flak I, II, III

Building on projects under development. Financing aimed at ensuring extra cost for securing a joint interconnection solution.

1.5 GW

Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland

 

150

1.2. North sea grid

Modular development of offshore grid, demonstration of virtual offshore power plant and integration in the existing onshore grid system.

1 GW

United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, France, Luxembourg

165

2) New turbines, structures and components, optimisation of manufacturing capacities

2.1 Borkum West II - Bard 1 - Nordsee Ost - Global Tech I

New generation of multi-megawatt size turbines (5-7 MW) and innovative structures, situated far from shore (up to 100 km) in deeper waters (up to 40 m).

1.6 GW

Germany

 

200

2.2 Aberdeen offshore wind farm (European testing centre)

Building on project presently under development - Testing of multi-MW turbines. Development of innovative structures and substructures including optimisation of manufacturing capacities of offshore wind energy production equipment. An increase in size of 100MW can be envisaged.

0.25 GW

United Kingdom

40

2.3 Thornton Bank

Building on project presently under development. Learning from the Downvind project (co financed through FP6); Upscaling the Downvind installations turbines (5 MW size) in deep waters ( up to 30 m) with low visual impact (up to 30 km).

90MW

 

Belgium

10

TOTAL

 

 

565


C. CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE PROJECTS

Project Name/

Location

Envisaged

Community

contribution

(EUR million)

Fuel

Capacity

Capture Technique

Storage Concept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huerth

Germany

 

180

Coal

450 MW

IGCC

Saline Aquifer

Jaenschwalde

Coal

500 MW

Oxyfuel

Oil/Gas fields

Eemshaven

Netherlands

 

180

Coal

1200 MW

IGCC

Oil/Gas fields

Rotterdam

Coal

1080 MW

PC

Oil/Gas fields

Rotterdam

Coal

 800 MW

PC

Oil/Gas fields

Belchatow

Poland

180

Coal

858 MW

PC

Saline Aquifer

Compostilla (León)

Spain

180

Coal

500 MW

Oxyfuel

Saline Aquifer

Kingsnorth

United

Kingdom

 

180

Coal

800 MW

PC

Oil/Gas fields

Longannet

Coal

3390 MW

PC

Saline Aquifer

Tilbury

Coal

1600 MW

PC

Oil/Gas fields

Hatfield

(Yorkshire)

Coal

900 MW

IGCC

Oil/Gas fields

Porto Tolle

Italy

100

Coal

660 MW

PC

 

Industrial carbon capture project

Florange

France

50

Transport of CO2 from industrial installation (steel plant) to underground storage (saline aquifer)

TOTAL

1050

 

 


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