Italian ports prepare for the supply of LNG

By 2030, the demand for LNG in the port of Venice will grow to 873,000 tons per year, which will be be redistributed by 73% to road transport and 19.7% to maritime transport.

As a consequence of the new regulations that will come into force in 2020 forcing the maritime sector to use fuels with low sulfur content or to install new treatment systems, interest in Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, as an alternative is increasing.

In addition, the European Directive for the implementation of an infrastructure for alternative fuels, of 2014, which has been incorporated into the Italian legislation in 2016 under the formula of the Legislative Decree, establishes that by 2025 European ports must have sufficient points of recharge to facilitate navigation using natural gas.

For this reason the Italian Ministry of Economic Development has approved the National Strategic Framework for the supply of natural gas in transport , which provides clearer regulation for the implementation of this type of infrastructure.

In the case of the port of Venice, by 2030, the demand for LNG will amount to 873,000 tons per year, which will be redistributed through road transport (73%) and maritime transport (19.7% ). The remaining quota corresponds to port and local services.

In addition, the Port Authority of the North Adriatic, in collaboration with the company Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido, is working on the construction of a small barge for the transport of this fuel, as well as the distribution and supply to the ships in the new Venice LNG terminal .

The project, which has European funding under the GAINN initiative, could also obtain CEF funds in its next call and potentially receive a contribution from the European Investment Bank.

LNG Installation in Naples

On the other hand, the Port Authority of the Tyrrhenian Sea has prepared a feasibility study for the construction of a facility for the supply of LNG in the port of Naples. Those interested in implementing this project may soon submit their proposals, once tendered.

Special consideration will be given to those coming from qualified industrial groups that are able to associate with local companies and guarantee their operational and financial soundness.

Source: Cadena de Suministro