Plan move ahead for Edison in Oristano
Environmental Impact Evaluation for the upcoming LNG hub was given green light: only the Ministry of Development's authorization must be received
The Ministry of the Environment, in agreement with the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture, issued Decree n. 283 which approved the Environmental Impact Evaluation (VIA) for the project, submitted by Edison, called “Berthing and LNG coastal depot in Oristano”.
The project of the corporation based at Foro Buonaparte – 100% controlled by Electricitè De France since 2012, which is simultaneously developing a similar initiative in Ravenna port in partnership with Petrolifera Italo Rumena (PIR) of the Ottolenghi family – foresees the construction of a new coastal depot for the storage and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The new site will spread on 76,000 square metres area within Oristano industrial port, with 7 cryogenic tanks of 1,430 cubic metres each and a nominal capacity of about 10,000 cubic metres, reaching 520,000 annual gas capacity.
As illustrated by Edison in the documentation attached to the request for kicking off the VIA, submitted in 2015, gas will be supplied through gas tankers ranging from 7,500 to 15,600, while distribution to final customers will be provided either by 1,000/2,000 cubic metres barges or by lorries.
For the time being, as Edison's spokesperson told Ship2Shore - only the “Authorization, for the construction and consequent operation, issued by the Ministry of Economic development in agreement with the Ministry of Transports” must be received and no information is available about the envisaged scheduling.
However, Milan-based company confirms the project's time-line: “Construction work's kick off will be 2018 and Oristano new LNG depot will start operating in 2020”.