Malta and Sicily vie to be Mediterranean bunkering hub

A gas pipeline to Sicily would provide Malta with enough extra gas to develop bunkering and to compete with Italy’s LNG plans
By Silvia Favasuli 30 August 2017
Pipeline infrastructure in Sicily. (Eni)

A proposed gas pipeline from Sicily to Malta is proving unpopular with players on the Italian side, who fear the project may scotch their island’s aspirations as an LNG bunkering hub.

Sicily and Malta signed a letter of intent at the end of May to develop the pipeline, which will cost €320 million ($382 million) and have a capacity of 2 billion cubic metres per year. Malta is looking to wean itself off LNG imports from its Delimara FSU, which started up in October 2016.

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