Inauguration of the first Liquimet LNG fueling station at Padova Interporto

21st of April 2017– Starts from Padova the GAINN4DEP: Liquimet opens at the inland terminal the first Italian LNG public mono-fuel. The station is the first element of the GAINN4DEP, the Italian program for the development of the national LNG transport. Simultaneously, Iveco delivers to Automarocchi 20 trucks Stralis as first part of all its program to convert the entire fleet of vehicles in full LNG.

The following high ranking officials made inauguration speeches: Padova Region President Mr. Enoch Soranzo, Padova Chamber of Commerce Mr. Fernando Zilio, Regional Councilor for Economic Development Mr. Roberto Marcato, and congratulated both newly elected Mr. Sergio Gelain (Interporto president) and Mr. Zeno D’Agostino (Assoporti president)

Mrs. Isabella De Monte, MEP of the Transport Commission made some significant comments. Three the keywords for Mrs De Monte: competitiveness, innovation and sustainability.On the 31st of May a dossier for sustainability, focusing on vehicles transport systems, will be tabled by the European Commission. A proposal addressing new regulations for fuels and road tolls will be also addressed. Italy is 8 years ahead of the European deadline which prescribes the building of refuelling infrastructure in the major hubs by 2025 that are different to petrol and in particular LNG specifically for maritime and heavy road transport.

Padova refuelling Station 

The structure of the station, initially realized with one LNG refueling bay and one CNG refueling bay, is designed to allow the extension up to 4 bays with double dispenser, in order to increase the fueling potential up to 500 vehicles per day. The innovative solutions studied for the methane security includes piping and aerial devices which are encapsulated in exhaust vents to convey upwards any accidental methane emissions, avoiding any possible flammability conditions in the refueling area.

The LNG doesn’t arrive at Padova inland refueling station via road from Marsiglia or Barcellona but by railways in ISO containers from Rotterdam, in line with the GAINN4DEP principal of reduction of carbon footprint and road traffic. Waiting for the network to enrich the LNG coastal storage(GAINN4DEP requires at least 4) from which it would refuel ships and ISO-containers. The ISO-containers could go on ferry or vessel to allow a sustainable LNG delivery to South of Italy and to the Islands.

“If the all fleet (about 2000 vehicles) that are daily coming to the Padova Interport will be converted to LNG, the result will be equivalent to of having a bush with 2 million of new trees. Methane is an inexhaustible energy source available all around us: bio-methane that is naturally developed in the atmosphere is increasing and will allow us to be energy independent. Bio-methane could be recoverable from agriculture, livestock, forest and from urban waste. Bio-LNG production (Bio-liquid-methane) is necessary and possible. The 2009/28/CE Directive objective is to reach the 10% of energy from renewable sources for transport by 2020. The Energy Roadmap 2050 of the EC objective is to reach the 85% reduction of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere by 2050. In this scenario, Padova station is just the first step of a program that will completely change the heavy duty transports concept, creating a huge positive impact on our health and environment” said Mr Antonio Nicotra, Liquimet President.

“This first LNG public mono-fuel refueling station, is one part of our bigger project to create an advanced logistic sustainable centre. Since the beginning, Padova Interport focused on  the environmental sustainability, becoming one of the most important inland terminal for maritime transports, thanks to its developed rails connections to the terminal. 4 portal electric cranes on rails (RGM) are going to be installed in the next few months. These will replace the existent self-propelled wheeled cranes currently in use. This measure will enhance the Interport service capacity. Again, we conceived and developed Cityporto, which is considered the best urban delivery service of goods using low environmental impact. The largest photovoltaic installation in Italy has been placed on the warehouses rooftops. With this outstanding environmental commitment it is natural for us, looking to the future, not to neglect the importance of LNG. Liquified Natural Gas will be a revolution in transport over the coming years and not only for roads” said Roberto Tosetto, General Director of Padova Interporto.

New Iveco vehicles delivered to Autamarocchi 

Oscar Zabai, CEO of Autamarocchi  and Pierre Lahutte brand President of IVECO, build a great partnership. In the new Iveco LNG Stralis NP (Natural Power), the natural liquified gas is stored in ISO containers at -125C and than sent to the engine in a  gaseous state, after been warmed up by a heat exchanger. LNG is the most eco-friendly fuel for internal combustion engines, capable to bring significant environmental advantages: 32% reduction of NoX emissions, 99% of PM and 95% of CO2 using bio-methane (well proven technology already compatible with Iveco New Strolls NP). The New Iveco Strolls Np (full LNG) in the specific, it’s equipped with 400 hp engine and a range of up to 1500km. That’s the reason why it has been adopted by Autamarocchi in medium, long-distance and heavy duty transports usage.

Autamarocchi, one of the Italy’s prime road transport companies, has choosen Iveco technology with its natural gas-fueled trucks to follow their policy of sustainability and ecology.

GAINN_IT Initiative and GAINN4DEP project

After 2 years of study and design, the 21st of April is the “D” day for the GAINN initiative with the opening by Liquimet , part of Gaskin Group, of the first Italian mono-fuel LNG refuelling station in Padova inland terminal.The station is specifically dedicated to heavy duty vehicles. “D” as deployment, with GAINN4DEP starts the implementation of the national phase for the establishment of the network refueling points and LNG storages for maritime and road transport: a project that will involved 1,27 million Euros in the period of 2017-2022. The aim of GAINN_IT, promoted by Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in April 2014 is to define, prototype, test and implement the Italian Network of Infrastructure of Alternative Fuels, mainly addressing the LNG as an alternative fuel for both maritime and road transport. The first phase of the GAINN_IT (GAINN4CORE, GAINN4MOS) has been approved from the EC obtaining European co-funds.

“The GAINN4DEP, which aims to create the minimum network needed to address anticipated fuel requirements for the start-up period (2019-2022) is the result of a collaboration between entrepreneurs. From 2019 the first Italian LNG fuelled cruise ships will operate in the Mediterranean sea. Each vessel will consume an amount of fuel weekly that is equivalent to the capacity of 30 motor vehicle refuelling stations: a unique occasion for Italy to launch the Network”, said Evelin Zubin, President of the CS Mare. Center of Services for the sea that follow the GAINN_IT of which Liquimet is an actor. “To catch this opportunity we all need to make our potentials available and in this context fits ALIS and the Italian Strategic System as enabling factors.There is no point to use LNG if we are unable to deliver it in a sustainable way and without an increase in road traffic congestion, as Autamarocchi pointed out. Today with Liquimet station, (the first of the over 15 planned by GAINN4MED), the “D” day of LNG has started. A long but challenging journey.”

Before the conclusion, communications by the representative of the European Transport Commission are read. The importance of the DAFI Directive is underlined together with the harmonization of the standards adopted by the Member States. The conclusion of the day are left to the Government Rapresentants: Mrs Mariagrazia Cacopardi, MIT executive, Mrs Liliana Panei, MISE executive and Mr Mario Dogliani, GAINN project coordinator for MIT.


[1] The methane is the only hydrocarbon with lower vapors than air (so they dissipate upward). All the other petrol fuels instead, GPL included, have heavier vapors than air (so they layers downward). Operating and Safety methane devices  must be different from the one dedicated to the traditional fuels stations.

[2] 1 tree absorbs 20kgCO2/year ñ 1 truck full-LNG reduces the CO2 emissions of 20,000kg/year

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