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Engineering studies, prototypes and pilots of LNG infrastructure at the Port of La Spezia


For the port of La Spezia the activities covers the basic engineering studies of the LNG receiving system and LNG ship bunkering system and detailed engineering studies and prototypes of LNG vehicles refuelling system and LNG storage local distribution system.

The aim of the LNG receiving system engineering study has been to assess the viability of LNG supply for the port of La Spezia either from the neighbouring Panigaglia LNG import terminal or by the LNG bunkering ship as commonly defined for the Tyrrenian-Ligurian grid.

Similarly to the other Tyrrenian-Ligurian ports, the LNG ship-bunkering system could be represented by the LNG bunker ship for larger volumes (medium and large ships e.g. cruises and ferry vessels) or by tank trucks and ISO container tanks to be transported by rail or sea for smaller volumes (small ships, e.g. tugboats and harbour vessels). The LNG bunker ship may act as well as “floating storage” for the port of La Spezia. Concerning the storage and local distribution system, additional investigations focused on the possible LNG local storage dimensioning (about 3.000 m3) and localization within the port boundaries.

Finally, as concerns the LNG non-ship refuelling system, the study envisaged the basic and standardised design of a prototype system that will be able to refuel LNG trucks and its adaptation and fitting for the installation in the hinterland port terminal of Melzo through the detailed engineering.

The LNG storage local distribution system and LNG vehicles refuelling system at the Port of La Spezia will be prototyped and piloted in real life operations.

With the purpose of sharing the main studies results and feedbacks and to foster the LNG uptake in the Mediterranean trough the dissemination of the lessons learned from the GAINN4MOS experience, an executive summary report and dissemination material will be available in this section of the website soon.