Dutch liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology specialists LIQAL has joined forces with Italian EPC and service company for gas stations, SGIG, to install a new LNG fuelling system for Socogas in the Parma region, Italy.

The new Fidenza facility, located on the San Michele Campagna site, operated by Eni, bolsters Italy’s reputation as one of Europe’s earlier adopters of LNG.

With one of the biggest networks of 100 LNG fuel stations throughout the country, the new facility, situated on the busy route between Milan and Bologna, will be one of around 200 more to be added over the next two years.

As an experienced adopter of the technology, Italy already possesses a stable infrastructure, with challenges coming in the form of providing standardisation and advanced fuelling technology.

Speaking about the Italian appetite for LNG, Joost Jansen, Business Development Manager, LIQAL, said, “The Italy market for LNG as transportation fuel is no longer in its infancy and suppliers are looking for high tech and reliable LNG fuelling solutions that provide a consistent fuel experience for end users at the highest quality.”

“We are excited to take our first step into the Italian market with our local partner SGIG.”

LNG service pump

LNG service pump

With LIQAL set to supply the LNG technology, Socogas have utilised the expertise of both companies involved, with SGIG previously building 15 LNG fuel stations and taking care of turnkey project supply on the Fidenza project.

LIQAL will supply the site with a 60 cubic metre LNG storage tank that provides fuel to two LNG dispensers and a compressed natural gas (CNG) dispenser with two-sided fuelling possibility.

Fabio Scaramuzza, Director, SGIG, commented on the partnership, saying, “We were looking for a company to deliver reliable LNG technology for seamless integration with existing fuel stations.”

“That’s where LIQAL came in. Working together we can deliver integrated dependable technology to fulfil our customer’s needs.”

Leading the way in LNG fuel adoption, Italy has more than 3,000 registered LNG vehicles and the government has offered levies to support the transition away from diesel and other polluting transport fuels.

Patrizia Zucchi, CEO, Socogas Group, added that the company expects a yearly throughput of more than 2,000 tonnes of LNG.

Jansen concluded by saying decentralised production of Bio-LNG from local organic waste will help to cut costs of supply.