GAINN4CORE

The role of Consorzio 906:
Project administration and technical support

GAINN4CORE helps to define, prototype and test two of the three Italian LNG networks, Tyrrhenian-Ligurian and Adriatic-Ionian, including the following core ports: Genoa, La Spezia and Livorno (Tyrrhenian-Ligurian network), Ravenna and Venice (Adriatic-Ionian network). GAINN4CORE is coordinated by the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport and has more than 20 partners including industrial enterprises, stakeholders in the sector and the Port Authority network.

By combining GAINN4CORE and GAINN4MOS, the GAINN_IT network will help to achieve the cross-border continuity of the supply of alternative fuels in Europe and the Mediterranean. The aim of GAINN4CORE is to create a synergic effect by preparing Italy's ports to use LNG and by supplying alternative fuels for ships and other vehicles.

Objectives

  • Defining the whole of Italy’s LNG network in order to offer an integrated infrastructure for alternative fuels
  • Launching pilot infrastructures for the storage, distribution and refuelling of ships and other vehicles, and to test these facilities out in real-life situations
  • Supplying the core ports of the LNG network and hinterland with networked pilot stations for fuel storage, distribution and fuelling for ships and other vehicles
  • Sharing the results of the project with public and private stakeholders
  • Generating the initial land-based and marine demand for LNG as a bunker fuel, thus providing a strong impulse to the supply chain network
  • Meeting the needs and exploring the potential of the surrounding regions

GAINN4CORE: statistics


+20

industrial partners, stakeholders and Port Authorities

2

pilot LNG networks to be defined in Italy

5

core ports

52

months of work

    GAINN4CORE: partners

    Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti, ENI Costiero Gas Livorno, Rosetti Marino, Higas – Sardinian Natural Energy, Alma Petroli, Consar, Contship Italia, Gas & Heat, RAM (Rete Autostrade Mediterranee), Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Occidentale, Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale, Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale, Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale, Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Centro-Settentrionale, IB Software & Consulting, OLT Offshore LNG Toscana, Iveco, RINA.

    Business

    • 1. Italian infrastructure network for alternative fuel (June 2015-May 2019)

      Specialised technical support will provide the specifications, check cohesion, and ensure that each member of the network develops according to the same standards and regulations. The objectives of this activity are:
      – To define the two pilot LNG networks, Tyrrhenian-Ligurian and Adriatic-Ionian, and their component specifications
      – To define the criteria, requirements and governance model needed for the future integration of the LNG pilot networks into the GAINN_IT infrastructure network for alternative fuels
      – To guarantee cohesion between the various investments and technical solutions on the following components:
      1. System for receiving LNG and accessories
      2. Storage of LNG and the local distribution system and accessories
      3. LNG fuel supply network, for ships, and accessories
      4. bunkering system for LNG vehicles (non-naval) and accessories

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    • 2. Prototyping and engineering design (June 2015-December 2016)

      The purpose of this activity is to complete engineering studies on the core ports involved in this action. This activity involves designing the best engineering solutions for the local conditions, taking into account local legislation (for example Port procedures), best practices, the results of previous co-funded actions, and those still ongoing with the Italian administration under the national policy established by Directive 2014/94. The studies related to:
      – LNG storage and local distribution, bunkering of LNG ships and non-naval LNG fuelling at the port of Genoa
      – The bunkering of LNG ships and refuelling without LNG ships at the port of La Spezia
      – The depositing of LNG and local distribution, bunkering of LNG ships and non-naval LNG fuelling at the port of Livorno
      – the LNG receiving system, LNG storage and local distribution, bunkering of LNG ships and non-naval LNG fuelling at the port of Ravenna
      – LNG storage and local distribution at the port of Venice

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    • 3. Prototyping (January 2017-February 2019)

      The aim is to build the prototype and set up the authorisation process, as necessary, for each component to be built at the participating core ports. The prototype will be based on the results of the engineering study carried out during the planning phase. The prototypes relate to:
      – LNG storage and local distribution, bunkering of LNG ships and non-naval LNG fuelling at the port of Genoa
      – The bunkering of LNG ships and refuelling without LNG ships at the port of La Spezia
      – The depositing of LNG and local distribution, bunkering of LNG ships and non-naval LNG fuelling at the port of Livorno
      – the LNG receiving system, LNG storage and local distribution, bunkering of LNG ships and non-naval LNG fuelling at the port of Ravenna
      – LNG storage and local distribution at the port of Venice

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    • 4. Realistic tests (January 2018-May 2019)

      The purpose of this phase is to test and validate the pilot LNG networks through simulation test on the prototypes constructed in phase 3.

      5. Communication and coordination (January 2018-September 2019)

      This activity involves the administrative and technical coordination, communication and provision of information about the action, which will be necessary for as long as it is in progress.

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    Timing

    Jun 2015 - Sep 2019

    Budget

    € 43.981.858 total cost 
     12.441.928 funding

    The definition, prototyping and test phase for two of Italy’s three LNG networks (Tyrrhenian-Ligurian and Adriatic-Ionian).

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