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A pipeline under construction in the beetroot fields of northern France is set to link a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the port of Dunkirk with Germany by 2016, offering Europe's biggest energy market an alternative to Russian gas.The 300-kilometer Arc de Dierrey pipeline being built by grid operator GRTgaz will mainly carry gas from state utility EDF's new LNG terminal and improve transit to southern France.Gas currently flows in one direction only, from Germany to France, but there is no major technical issue preventing it from flowing the other way, Aubert said.However, France would have to change the way it odorizes gas if it wants to start exporting to Germany, he added. Russian gas supplies make up only about 10-15 percent of French needs, and Aubert said this meant France could cope without Russian gas, except in the case of extremely low temperatures, which are seen about every 50 years.Nevertheless, Aubert believes other reverse flows should be made possible to improve France's options, such as the Marches du Nord Est link which carries gas from the North Sea to Italy via France and Switzerland.
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