Small-scale LNG needs support in the Mediterranean

The lack of competitively priced LNG in the Mediterranean will discourage cruise shipowners from deploying LNG vessels there, a senior figure at MSC Cruises says The lack of competitively priced LNG in the Mediterranean will discourage cruise shipowners from deploying LNG vessels there, a senior figure at MSC Cruises says.
By Silvia Favasuli 13 October 2017 0 27968
Italy's Toscana FSRU. The Toscana FSRU. MSC has discussed buying LNG from the terminal. (OLT)

LNG will be unable to compete as a marine fuel in the Mediterranean without government support, a senior figure at MSC Cruises, the world’s largest private cruise company, has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Yves Bui, LNG project director at MSC, said the company had discussed buying LNG from the OLT Toscana terminal in Tuscany and from HiGAS, a joint venture developing a small-scale bunkering facility in Sardinia. 

However, he said a lack of sufficient competition meant the prices offered were too high. “The development of a...

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