Higas celebrates construction-works kick-off in Oristano
Stolt-Nielsen and Gas & Heat project covering the construction of a new LNG facility in Oristano has finally started to be finally launched in 2020
In the presence of all local institutions and Andrew Pickering, President at Avenir, newco founded by Stolt-Nielsen, major sponsor in the initiative, and by other international partners, Higas, company controlled by Stolt–Nielsen also participated by Gas and Heat and CPL Concordia, formally kicked-off construction works of their new LNG facility in Oristano. The company controlled by Stolt–Nielsen is also participated by Gas and Heat and CPL Concordia.
The new structure, which should be receiving the first LNG cargo in 2020 to start providing small scale services, will offer two horizontal cryogenic tanks in low pressure reaching overall 9,000 cubic metres capacity, for bunkering LNG propelled units, tankers and heavy units, carrying gas to inland areas so as to reduce road transport emissions.
As reported by Higas, the terminal's construction “is being supported by the European Commission within the CEF Blending 2017 programme as part of the GAINN4MID project, coordinated by Consorzio 906, aimed at substantially develop the Italian LNG network as envisaged within the GAINN_IT initiative to enhance the National Strategic framework”.
In order to provide bunkering services to LNG-propelled ships (actually crossing the Mediterranean in the next years) and supply the facility, Stolt – Nielsen will deploy a new 7,500 LNG tanker commissioned Keppel of Singapore last year.
Pickering, number one at Avenir and Stolt-Nielsen LNG's President, proudly commented the launching of Higas construction, also pinpointing how the new facility has a remarkable significance for shareholders but particularly for Sardinia region, for the economy and the whole environment”.
“Being the first facility in Italy which received the required authorizations and being the first company which started construction represents a remarkable success to Gas and Heat”, recalled Mauro Evangelisti, president of the company which is developing the new facility's project on behalf of Higas.
While waiting for the construction of similar installations in other areas – continues Higas – Oristano entry point will provide LNG to Central-Southern Italy where the shipping market is starting to develop and other LNG facility will be established next year.