Snam and IP have agreed to construct an initial 26 new natural gas refuelling stations, which will open across IP’s distribution network in Italy in 2020. The new openings comprise the first phase of the 2018 framework agreement between IP and Snam to build up to 200 new natural gas stations in Italy. The initiative is part of the companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility.
Snam and IP have jointly identified the fuelling stations with IP branded fuel, at which they will install compressed natural gas (CNG) supply for cars. Two of these stations (in Veneto and in Emilia-Romagna) will also supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) for heavy vehicles. Of the 26 new plants, six will be built in Lazio, five in Lombardy, five in Tuscany, two in Emilia-Romagna, two in Veneto, one in Abruzzo, one in Calabria, one in the Marche, one in Piedmont, one in Puglia and one in Puglia in Umbria, mostly along highways.
This initiative is a significant growth opportunity for IP, consistent with the company’s vision to innovate and provide a multi-energy offer, from diesel to petrol, gas and ultrafast electricity. The new stations add to the 46 existing natural gas stations on the IP network, demonstrating a concrete contribution to the construction of the infrastructure supporting the country’s transition to sustainable mobility. The investment in new LNG stations in particular represents an important step for the network’s ability to support heavy gas transportation.
The agreement with IP is part of Snam’s commitment to boosting the growth of the Italian distribution network of CNG and LNG, through direct investments and agreements with other operators. Italy is the European leader NGV mobility with 1 million natural gas vehicles and around 1,350 service stations. This number is set to increase as a result of Snam’s investments. Snam4Mobility, a 100% subsidiary of Snam, has currently delivered 6 plants and contracted over 70 under a plan that provides for an overall construction of around 300 new CNG and LNG stations in the coming years.