Italian energy infrastructure company Snam has signed an agreement with Spain's energy provider Enagas to explore the construction of an offshore gas pipeline between the two countries, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
Snam, Europe's major energy pipeline operator, announced the move as European countries are searching for alternative gas suppliers as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise.
Russia has been a major supplier of gas to European states.
Connecting Italy to Spain is significant, given that Spain has the largest capacity for re-gasifying liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the European Union (EU).
But the country's pipeline connection with most of the rest of the EU is limited because of the high Pyrenees Mountains that form the border between Spain and France.
The deal between Snam and Enagas would work around that problem by laying the pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea.