MADRID, Spain --Enagas will build a new subsea gas pipeline in the Mediterranean Sea linking the Balearic Islands with mainland Spain, following authorization from the Spanish-Directorate for Energy Policy and Mines.
The line will comprise two sections: the first, from Denia to Punta de Cala Gracio on Ibiza, will be 123 km (76.4 mi) long, with a maximum installed water depth of 997 m (3,271 ft). The second section will head from San Antonio doe Portmany on Ibiza to Mallorca's San Juan de Dios thermal power station, and will be 145 km (90.1 mi) long, with a maximum water depth of 718 m (2,355 ft).
Enagas plans to start initial construction work after the end of the Spanish tourist season, followed by laying of the submarine sections in 2008. The 20-in. (51-cm) pipeline will be designed to withstand pressure of 200 bar, and will transport a maximum of 676,000 cu m of natural gas, which should reach Mallorca at a pressure of 80 bar. Supplies should start feeding through in summer 2009.