Re-Source: an exhibition on natural gas for Snam's 75th birthday

Snam, for its 75 years, has gathered for the first time all its stakeholders together for a day of study and analysis on the future of energy and natural gas.


Snam celebrates with its first Partners' Day and the "Re-Source. Natural gas in the future of energy" exhibition, hosted by the "Leonardo da Vinci" Museum of Science and Technology of Milan, to be held from 10 November 2017 to 6 January 2018.

A prominent role will be played by synoptic panel of the national gas pipeline network. After having being the "brain" of the Italian gas system for almost thirty years, this 33 meters long fully functioning tool made up of 16 panels  has been replaced by a control panel based on even more advanced technology and donated by Snam to the Museum. It will be permanently exhibited in energy section of the Museum.

During the event, Snam will also present the book "Re-Source, natural gas in the future of energy", published by Rizzoli and curated by Paolo Mieli, journalist and historian, and Daniela Viglione, economist and expert in energy sector.

The exhibition

Visitors can discover natural gas and its infrastructure by following a specifically designed path featuring two stages, one descriptive and one more emotional. Thanks to this approach all stakeholders can learn more about the "world of gas".

The first part of the exhibition, which is educational and informative, is made up of panels that explain the origins, the composition and the characteristics of natural gas, through several summary infographics.

Visitors will be accompanied by light and sound installations along a corridor that displays, on the back of the synoptic panel, the boards describing the history of Snam's Italian engineering talent. The section contains photographs, creative advertising campaigns, sustainability projects implemented over the years by Snam, which have woven the company to the communities in which Snam operates.

storia di Snam

The last part focuses on the future of gas: panels and an interactive multitouch table let visitors explore a world that "runs on gas", analyse the innovative uses of the fuel, its benefits, the goals that it can achieve in the frame of decarbonisation of the planet.

The end of the exhibition is dedicated to the new "brain" of the gas system: a 50 square meters giant vieowall that controls the national gas transportation system. The videowall is the heart of Snam's dispatching center, that is monitored or remote controlled by operators 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The future dispatching center will use information to emprove the availability, for our users, of a diversified supply at lower prices.

storia di Snam

The book



"Snam is now committed to making natural gas the true partner of renewables and not only a transitional fuel. This commitment puts the company’s skills at the service of the transition towards a future in which all non-electric modes of transport, cars and trains alike, ships and aircrafts, will be fuelled by methane. Biomethane, a renewable methane produced from agricultural waste in which Italy already holds world-class expertise, will reach comparable levels with national production. In the long run, it will supplant an important share of imported gas, adding economic and social benefits to the environmental benefits of reducing emissions and controlling global warming."
Paolo Mieli

The first two chapters of the book, written by Alberto Clô (economist and former Board member of Snam) and Alberto Meomartini (former CEO of the company for nearly ten years), focus on the value of history, on Snam's "non-monopolistic attitude" that allowed natural gas to become Italy's second energy source, and on the attention that, as first, the company has devoted to the territory by developing an environment compliant policy.

Telling Snam's history means to go over the stages of methanization of Italy and Europe. An adventure that has been lasting 75 years so far and which has led to the construction of a unique large European network.

The third chapter, by Nicolò Sartori, researcher at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, deals with the geopolitics of energy in the 21st century, and on Snam's current business, as the leading gas infrastructure operator in Europe.

Today Snam operates 32,500 kilometers of pipelines, nine storage sites and a regasification terminal in Italy. Thanks to its subsidiaries in Austria (TAG, GCA), France (TIGF) and the United Kingdom (Interconnector UK), the extension of its gas pipelines reaches 40,000 kilometers and its storage capacity has increased, leading to the most advanced and extensive gas system on the continent. In 2020, Italy will also be connected to the Southern Gas Corridor through TAP and TANAP.

In Italy Snam is contributing to the evolution of "gas as a product" by encouraging its use in the transport sector (CNG), including heavy transport by road and sea (LNG). Moreover, in June 2017, it connected its network to the first bio-methane production plant.

The last two chapters, curated respectively by Nouriel Roubini, economist and lecturer at the New York University and by Robin West, Head of the BCG Center for Energy Impact, outline Snam’s future challenges: in the "century of gas", the potential of this energy resource in terms of availability, economic and environmental benefits relies on the design and implementation of a global network of traditional and innovative links, transport, storage, and processing systems.

In the frame of decarbonization, natural gas will have a leading role in replacement of traditional fuels with high environmental impact, both in the transport sector and in the Heating&Cooling sector.

LNG is already fundamentally changing the nature of the industry and will continue to do so: it has and will continue to enable production and consumption of natural gas in geographies that cannot be connected otherwise and it will also continue to enable a global linkage of natural gas prices.

In the coming decades, gas will play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting global climate change targets. With half the emissions of coal and a third less emissions than oil, natural gas plays a prominent role in country commitments under the COP21 Paris Accord. Looking to the future even further, the development of bio-methane offers the potential for gas to release zero emissions.

dispatching center

The dispatching center is a strategic infrastructure to manage gas flows on the domestic transmission network.

Snam history

The story of Snam begins on 30 October 1941 for the construction and operation of pipelines and the distribution and sale of gas.

natural gas

Natural gas is the greenest and most efficient fossil fuel and is an indispensable energy source for a sustainable energy mix.

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