HIGAS LNG Terminal

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HIGAS LNG Terminal, also called the Santa Giusta LNG Terminal, is a proposed LNG import terminal under construction in Italy.


It will be located in Oristano, Sardinia, Italy.

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Project Details

  • Owner: Higas (Stolt-Nielsen, Gas and Heat and CPL Concordia)
  • Location: Oristano, Sardinia, Italy.
  • Coordinates: 44.471734, 12.248134 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 0.3 mtpa
  • Cost: US$43.2 million[1]
  • Status: Construction
  • Type: Import
  • Start Year: 2021[2][3]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


The purpose of the Santa Giusta HIGAS system is to receive LNG from small and medium-sized gas carriers, to discharge the liquid into the storage tanks so that it can be used mainly in liquid form as fuel for automotive, industrial, civil and marine use and as a gas to be fed into the pipeline networks that already partially exists in the area. LNG will be stored in 6 horizontal low-pressure cryogenic tanks; it is a modular storage system, which can be subdivided or expanded based on market demand, meaning that only a part of the total capacity may be in use at any given time.[4] Initial storage capacity will be 9,000 cubic meters of LNG.[5]

The HIGAS facility will allow for truck loading of up to 180,000 mtpa via 2 truck bays, as well as regasification for port users. Additional permitting is being requested for regasification to the main pipeline of up to 300,000 mtpa. The quayside jetty is multiuser. HIGAS has a lease concession of 4 years and has applied for an additional 20 years. HIGAS will operate the terminal and the jetty for LNG transfers. The facility will be operational by Q3 2020. Their Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner is Gas&Heat.[4]

Construction of the terminal was completed in August 2020, with initial testing planned for September and deliveries of LNG expected to begin in early 2021.[3]

In February 2021, Higas awarded the Spanish company Reganosa the contract to operate and maintain the new terminal.[6]

Articles and resources


  1. Mirza Duran, Italy’s 1st small-scale LNG terminal nearing completion Offshore Energy, Jun. 15, 2020
  2. John Snyder, Avenir LNG: big ambitions in small-scale LNG Riviera, Oct. 29, 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Piani confermati: il metano in porto a inizio anno. Santa Giusta si prepara". LinkOristano. August 7, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 HIGAS LNG Terminal Avenir LNG, accessed Dec. 6, 2019
  6. Sanja Pekic, Reganosa to operate the first LNG terminal in Sardinia, Offshore Energy, Feb. 22, 2021

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