28 October 1997 19:36 [Source: ICIS news]
BARCELONA (CNI)--The results of a European Commission study into pipeline infrastructure and the potential for increased transportation of chemicals should be available in about a year, according to Robert Coleman, director general of the Commission's transport directorate (DG VII).
In an address to the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) Logistics Meeting here, Coleman said pipelines might be able to offer an alternative to road transport and so help reduce congestion and pollution, and improve safety.
The Commission study covers existing and planned, public and private pipelines in European member states, in European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries except Iceland, and in those central and eastern Europe countries which are candidates for European Union (EU) membership. It will also consider connections with the newly-independent states of the former Soviet Union and the non-EU countries in the Mediterranean.
Coleman said the study would examine the possibility of incorporating the pipelines into the present trans-European transport network.
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