Supply & Demand

Italy – LNG opportunities at risk

Italy’s dependence on gas imports is set to grow. As potential new LNG import projects face delays, opportunities for more diverse and competitive supply could be missed Italy’s dependence on gas imports is set to grow. As potential new LNG import projects face delays, opportunities for more diverse and competitive supply could be missed.
By Catriona Scott 21 July 2016 0 24280
Greenstream receiving terminal, Sicily. Italy’s dependence on gas imports is set to grow. (Eni)

Italy is a major gas importer and although the country has been oversupplied in recent years, it will need greater volumes of imports to support future market growth going forward. The size and source of these imports are important in terms of security of supply and pricing. Around half of Italy’s supply comes from just one country, Russia, and end user gas prices in Italy are amongst the highest in Europe.

As the country’s import dependence rises the balance of flows could change. However, despite the...