Petrolifera Italo Rumena (PIR), Edison and Enagás have announced the start of operations at the small-scale LNG terminal in Ravenna, which will supply LNG for road transport and for shipping.
In line with the European Directive on alternative fuels, which encourages the use of LNG for heavy transport, Italy has committed to cover 50% of maritime transport and 30% of road transport with LNG by 2030. To achieve this, a supply infrastructure will be created along the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T, and Ravenna is the first port to create an LNG infrastructure.
With an investment of around €100 million, the terminal has an LNG storage capacity of 20,000 cubic metres (cbm) and an output capacity of more than 1 million cbm of liquefied gas per year. This is a sufficient quantity of LNG to supply at least 12,000 trucks and up to 48 ferries.
Throughout its useful life (estimated at 25 years), the terminal will cut CO2 emissions by some 6 million tons.
Nicola Monti, CEO of Edison, commented: ‘We are proud to announce the inauguration of a new infrastructure of a strategic nature for our country, in line with the strategy to combat climate change.
‘LNG plays a fundamental role in the energy transition, as it allows us to immediately begin to decarbonise maritime transport and heavy transport, sectors in which other solutions and technologies are not viable on a large scale, except in the long term.’
The terminal has started to be supplied by the Enagás Regasification Plant in Barcelona. Depositi Italiani GNL will operate the terminal and Edison will supply the terminal using the Ravenna Knutsen, a 30,000 cbm gas tanker which was built by Norwegian shipbuilder Knutsen OAS Shipping at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Mipo, South Korea.