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Decal and San Marco Petroli complete feasibility study for LNG import terminal

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Decal has announced that, in joint venture with San Marco Petroli, it has successfully completed the feasibility study for the construction of an LNG import terminal in Italy.

The 32 000 m3 import terminal would be located in Porto Marghera, Italy, and be capable of receiving feeder ships up to 30 000 m3. The terminal is designed for LNG distribution to be used as low emission truck fuel for communities not connected to the national gas network and for ship bunkering.

The facility will have a total capacity of 32 000 m3, consisting of a full containment 30 000 m3 atmospheric tank, and two 1000 m3 bullet horizontal pressure vessels.

The terminal will feature the following:

  • A berth for LNG carrier ships from 7500 m3 to 30 000 m3 suitable for ships up to 65 000 m3 in ordinary weather conditions. The berthing will be carried out at the ‘Decal 1’ quay, which was completely renewed in 2016.
  • A berth for 1000 m3 LNG barges.
  • Up to five loading lanes for LNG tanker trucks.
  • At the second stage of the project, a railway connection for LNG train loading.


For boil-off gas (BOG) management, the facility will use the following:

  • A compressor station for the injection of BOG into the national gas network.
  • A BOG reliquefaction package.
  • Pressure storage tanks for the storage of BOG peaks that exceed the reliquefaction maximum capacity.


The facility is not designed for regasification. The possible connection to the gas network is purely for environmental and safety reasons, thus avoiding the need for flaring or venting, with the added benefit of using emissions for local use.

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