Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) November 18, 2019 – Venice LNG has announced that it has received the environmental compatibility decree, issued by the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea for its plan to build an liquified natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Porto Marghera, Venice.
The next stage is the issue of the single authorization from MISE d’Intesa con la Regione Veneto.
The project involves the construction of a LNG storage depot with a capacity of 32,000 m³ will LNG to be distributed via small tankers and methane tankers. The facility will be built to the east of the current oil storage site owned by Decal Spa, in a disused industrial area and already reclaimed, outside protected natural areas, and LNG will be supplied by small gas tankers in transit from the South Industrial Canal.
LNG carriers will replace ships that now carry petroleum products. There is a maximum number of 50 ships per year, ie on average only one ship per week. Trucks that transport petroleum products today will be replaced by LNG-powered vehicles and transport LNG. Therefore the entire handling process that revolves around the facility will be more sustainable for the environment.
Venice LNG says that LNG does not dissolve in water, but evaporates without mixing and leaving no residue, therefore pollute the sea or aquifers, nor damage the aquatic fauna and flora. Both refueling barges and ships to be refueled will be LNG fueled in the future: the lagoon will be less exposed to fine dust and the risk of spills of marine diesel and high sulfur fuel oil.
LNG is at the centre of the strategy developed by the European Commission to fuel ships and trucks, reducing their environmental impact: a specific Directive (DAFI) requires the creation in Europe of a system of LNG refueling points in ports and main land arteries. This network must be built by the end of 2025, to allow the increasing use of ships and trucks with reduced environmental impact.
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