Small Scale LNG

Small Scale LNG

Efficient and economic solution to reduce emissions in the heavy transport sector and for the marine and railway sectors.

LNG is an economical and efficient solution, that significantly reduces emissions of road, sea and rail - not electrified - transport compared to other fossil fuels. In addition, LNG is subject to treatments that allow total elimination of particulate matter and SOx and almost total removal of NOx, thus making LNG a product with high standards of environmental compatibility.

The benefits are related to infrastructure upgrading, with particular attention to adaptation of the regasification terminals, the construction of micro liquefaction plants and construction of coastal deposits.

LNG is part of a wider European Union energy and environmental policy that aims at the gradual transition to a low-carbon economy through the substantial reduction of pollutant emissions, the use of clean fuels and the use of renewable sources. In particular, in January 2013, the EU Commission has developed the Clean Power for Transport Package that provides for a Directive on the development of alternative fuel distribution infrastructure such as, for example, LNG. In addition, in 2016, the DAFI directive on alternative fuels was also transposed in Italy in order to establish a national strategic framework for the development of the CNG, of the LNG, of biofuel (bio-CNG and bio-GNL) and the electricity in the transportation sector. Plan also included directives for the infrastructures and binding targets. The (bio)LNG is the winning solution for both heavy road and maritime transport towards medium and long term mobility with "net zero emissions".


  • LNG development with the adaptation of existing terminals and realization of coastal deposits and micro liquefaction plants
  • Efficient and economical solution to reduce emissions in road, marine and rail transport
NOX-90% SO2-100% Soot/

Forecast demand SSLNG Italy to 2030*:

  • max 7 Mtoe (8.5 billion mc) for land transfer, industrial uses, domestic uses and bunkerings
    *Source DAFI Consultation Document (MiSe June 2015)


TRANSPORT (synergic with gas stations)
icona Diesel for heavy road transport LNG
icona Fuel oil and maritime diesel for sea transport LNG
icona Diesel on non-electrified lines LNG
Heating (areas not connected with the network)
icona GPL O.C. and diesel for heating LNG
icona GPL O.C. and diesel for users not connected with the network LNG


Snam sees in the new LNG uses a potential to safeguard the environment. For this purpose a project was carried out to implement Small scale LNG services for reloading tank trucks in the Panigaglia terminal, in addition to the traditional regasification activities. In addition to this initiative, Snam is developing a project for the creation of microliquefactors on the national territory. In addition, the OLT company, of which Snam acquired a 49% share jointly controlled in 2020, is planning to adapt the FSRU terminal in Livorno for the loading of lighters.

Logistic chain of the Small Scale LNG

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