Green light for LNG bunkering in Tuscany

OLT Offshore LNG Toscana’s floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), FSRU Toscana, has been authorised to provide small-scale LNG services between Livorno and Pisa, which is expected to pave the way for LNG bunkering in the region.

The FSRU Toscana is the first regasification terminal in Italy capable of providing small-scale services in the country.

Authorised by the Ministry of Economic Development, in agreement with the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport and the Tuscany Region, the small-scale services will add ‘an important piece to energy logistics’, OLT Offshore LNG Toscana said.

The company said the small-scale LNG (SSLNG) project will also allow the country ‘to be competitive in one of the markets with the highest potential growth rate’.

OLT Offshore LNG Toscana highlighted the potential for marine LNG demand, particularly in the Ro-Ro and cruise sector. It also pointed to a rise in the number of bunker barges coming on stream: ‘from six units in 2019, it will increase to 21 units which will be operational by the end of 2021 in Europe.’

Maurizio Zangrandi, CEO of OLT, said: ‘Thanks to this project, our country will also be able to make use of a more sustainable energy source than traditional fuels, in line with the best practices already widespread in Europe. In fact, in the short term, we will no longer have to depend on LNG supplies from France, Spain and Belgium, with significant industrial benefits for the Italian naval sector.’

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry