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Italy’s changing imports

Italy’s energy plan includes an important role for gas through the mid-term. However, the country is almost entirely dependent on imports for its gas supplies – and its supply mix is set to change Italy’s energy plan includes an important role for gas through the mid-term. However, the country is almost entirely dependent on imports for its gas supplies – and its supply mix is set to change.
By Catriona Scott 23 July 2019 Europe & Russia / Supply & Demand 0 34413
LNG imports arriving at Italy’s three terminals have already made major gains this year, and further growth is expected. (Interfax)

Italy’s gas demand is forecast to rise by around 4% this year, and further growth is likely between now and 2025. As the country moves to phase out coal-fired power, more gas-fired generation will be needed despite rising renewable output. Increased gas consumption will push up Italy’s requirements for imports, which the country depends on to meet its demand. As indigenous European supply falls, Italy’s growing imports will increasingly be sourced from outside the region.

Demand

Italy consumed 72.7 billion cubic metres of gas in 2018, down...