Natural gas in the form of CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas), biomethane and BIO LNG (liquefied biomethane) is the cleanest and most efficient alternative compared to traditional fuels.
As part of the 2023 strategic plan, Snam has dedicated 1.4 billion euros of investments to the SnamTec (Tomorrow's Energy Company) program, which aims to lay the foundations of the energy company of the future by focusing on sustainability and innovation in the core business and on activities in "green" sectors such as sustainable mobility, renewable gas and energy efficiency. Overall, 400 million euros are dedicated to these three new businesses.
In mobility, Snam promotes the development of natural gas - in the form of CNG (compressed natural gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas) and biomethane (renewable gas) - as a clean, efficient and economic source of power for light and heavy vehicles.
Within the plan, Snam will invest 100 million euros in the construction of approximately 150 natural gas and biomethane refueling stations (renewable gas from organic waste and agricultural and agro-industrial waste) for cars, trucks and buses. The same sum will be dedicated to projects in the Small Scale LNG. These investments complement the approximately 250 million planned in the plan to build new biomethane plants, for an installed capacity of over 40 Megawatts.
The future of "green" mobility in our country is closely linked to the diffusion of natural gas and biomethane, which represent the "Italian way" to the decarbonisation of transport. Italy is a leader in Europe for automobiles circulating in CNG (compressed natural gas), a technology that breaks down particulates and nitrogen oxides and considerably reduces carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional fuels such as diesel and petrol. Biomethane makes Bio-Mobility renewable and even more green: this resource, which can be obtained from the organic fraction of municipal waste or from agricultural and agri-food wastes, emits almost zero levels of dust (as well as conventional natural gas) and It further reduces CO2 down to zero compared to methane and traditional fuels. The emissions of a biomethane vehicle are comparable to those of an electric vehicle powered by wind power.
An interesting perspective for biomethane is its liquefaction and consequent transformation into bio-LNG, the only technology currently available for the development of fully renewable fuels and zero CO2 for heavy vehicles. In order to feed the liquefied biomethane trucks, Snam is developing a project which envisages the realisation of micro-liquefaction plants distributed throughout Italy, capable of producing about 150,000 tonnes of LNG or Bio-LNG per year and support the increase in the circulating fleet of natural gas trucks - from the current thousand potentially up to 15,000 units - and the development of the first bunkering activities to support the marine market in Italy and the first LNG trains that Snam is developing together with FS and Hitachi.
12 February 2021 - 21:08 CET