Avenir LNG’s Italian small-scale terminal ready for launch

Avenir LNG’s Higas small-scale terminal located on the Italian island of Sardinia is ready to go online, according to the EPC contractor Gas & Heat.

The Italian engineering company that also holds a 10 percent in Higas said in a update this week the small-scale facility in the Port of Oristano achieved mechanical and electrical completion.

London-based Avenir LNG, a joint venture consisting of Stolt-Nielsen, Hoegh LNG and Golar LNG, owns Higas with a 80 percent stake.

Besides Gas & Heat, CPL Concordia also holds 10 percent share in the storage, regasification and distribution facility.

Higas started building the $43.2 million terminal in Sardinia, first such facility in Italy, in 2018 and previously expected to launch it in the second half of 2019.

Avenir LNG’s latest update said the firm expected commissioning to start in December and commercial operations in February 2021.

The terminal features six horizontal low-pressure cryogenic Type C tank storage tanks with a total capacity of 10,800 cbm but it will also have a dedicated 7,500-cbm Avenir LNG carrier.

It will load up to 8,000 LNG trucks per year – equivalent to 180,000 tons per year – via two loading bays.

Additionally, the LNG would mainly go for use as fuel for automotive, industrial, civil and marine industries.

The terminal will also have a connection to a natural gas pipeline system that will allow the fuel to be distributed to local industry.

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