March 17, 2009 / 1:32 PM / in 10 years

CORRECTED - Dutch Gasunie joins Skanled pipeline project

(Corrects spelling of Gasunie in headline)

OSLO, March 17 (Reuters) - Dutch gas transport company Gasunie said it will join a consortium considering the construction of the Skanled gas pipeline to bring Norwegian gas to Sweden, Denmark and possibly further to Poland.

“Skanled’s potential to enhance the diversity of supply in the North European region made us decide to join ... in this phase,” Gasunie CEO Marcel Kramer said in a statement published on the website of North Sea gas pipeline operator Gassco.

The final decision on Skanled is due to be taken later this year. With the Nordic industry hit hard by the global financial crisis, it is unclear whether the link will be commercially viable.

“Gasunie is a big player in European gas transport, with substantial expertise in this business,” Gassco vice president Thor Otto Lohne said in the statement.

Gasunie replaces Swedegas and, in part, Goteborg Energi in the Skanled project consortium of eight companies.

Gasunie has a strong position in northern Germany and The Netherlands, with connections to Norwegian and Russian gas supplies as well as to the Danish, German, Dutch, British and Belgian markets, Gassco said. (Reporting by Wojciech Moskwa)

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