Snam gears up for FSRU launches in Italy


Snam is about to give Italy greater security and diversification of energy supplies as it prepares to ramp up floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) capacity.

Snam has bought two ships: the Golar Tundra and BW Singapore, to be positioned respectively in Piombino (Tuscany), for three years, and Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna), with the aim of having at least one FSRU in operation this spring.

The Golar Tundra FSRU destined for the port of Piombino, purchased by Snam in June 2022, is 293m long and 40m wide and can store about 170,000 cbm of liquefied gas with a regasification capacity of 5 bcm per year, a quantity equal to about one sixth of the volumes imported in recent years from Russia, or 8% of national needs.

Moored in the east quay of the north dock of the port, it will receive LNG from LNG carriers once a week. The docking, mooring and unmooring operations – carried out in collaboration with the maritime authorities – last about two hours and take place at night in order to minimize any possible interference with other economic activities, including ferry and cruise ship traffic. The ship will enter into service at the beginning of May.

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