Augusta, Sicily, Italy (PortSEurope) September 8, 2021 – The Ministry of Infrastructures and Sustainable Mobility has ruled that the Sicilian Port of of Gela (Porto Isola di Gela) s to come under the jurisdiction of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale (AdSP – Western Sicilian Sea Port Authority). The announcement was made by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility,
Giancarlo Cancelleri. He said that the move will contribute to the growth of the entire economic-industrial fabric around the port. The collaboration with the Mayor of Gela Greco, the President of the AdSP, Pasqualino Monti, and the local deputies was decisive and will benefit not only to the city of Gela, but to the entire Sicilian and southern port network. The port is located Gela is situated on the Mediterranean coast at the estuary of Gela river on the southern coast of Sicily. “Being part of a national authority means that the port of Gela will no longer be governed locally, but that the state will take over directly to govern the processes of change and development. This is the right way for the ‘hub of the Mediterranean, but we do not stop “. This was said by the mayor of Gela (Caltanissetta), Lucio Greco, on the occasion of the visit of the Undersecretary for Infrastructures, Giancarlo Cancelleri, after the announcement. The mayor sees this as an opportunity to develop the port, part of which is an application to the authorities to develop a hydrogen facility. There have been suggestions in the local press that energy company Eni was interested in liquified natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen developments. In a related issue, the future gas pipeline between Italy and Malta could also transport hydrogen and renewable gas from 2030. A study will evaluate the various options (including costs and possible EU funding) for updating the Front end engineering design (Feed) of the 160 km gas pipeline between the Maltese city of Delimara and Gela, as well as the possible Italian participation. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.
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