Porto Empedocle LNG Terminal

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Porto Empedocle LNG Terminal is a proposed LNG terminal in Sicily, Italy.


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Project Details

  • Owner: Nuove Energie
  • Parent: Enel Global Trading[1]
  • Location: Porto Empedocle, Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
  • Coordinates: 37.28297, 13.53774 (exact)
  • Type: Import[2]
  • Capacity: 6 mtpa, 0.86 bcfd[1]
  • Status: Proposed[2]
  • FID Status: Pre-FID[3]
  • Start Year: 2015[2]

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


Porto Empedocle LNG Terminal is a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Sicily, Italy. The project would cost around $1.2 billion. The proposal was originally developed by Nuove Energie Srl, which was bought by Enel in 2007. [4] Enel and the regional government signed an MoU in August 2009.[2] As of February 2011, Enel stated that it planned to have the terminal operational by 2015.[5]

In July 2016, after years of delays, Enel announced that it was shelving the project, due to market conditions. News reports at the time indicated that Enel had recently renewed permits for the project for another 52 months and remained interested in selling the project to another buyer.[6]

Talk of reviving the project with Chinese support briefly resurfaced in March 2019, following Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to Sicily.[7][8][9] However, local opposition to the project remained strong, with organizations such as Legambiente, Arci Sicilia, Cittadinanzattiva, Mareamico, Italia Nostra and Green Italia objecting to the terminal both for its environmental consequences and its potential negative impact on the tourism economy of neighboring Agrigento, which is home to Sicily's most famous Greek temples.[7][8][10][11]

While there has been no news of subsequent developments, the Porto Empedocle terminal's original September 2008 permit[12] reportedly remained in effect as of March 2019[10], and the project continues to be mentioned in official industry reports. The most recent 10-year plan from Italian gas company Snam lists the Porto Empedocle terminal as "already authorized"[13], and the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL) 2020 Annual Report states that "Nuove Energie, a company owned by Enel Global Trading, continues to develop an LNG regasification terminal in the industrial area of Porto Empedocle, Sicily. The project with a nominal send-out capacity of 6 MTPA is fully authorized."[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The LNG Industry: Annual Report 2020, page 46, International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, accessed April 29, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 ENEL and the Region of Sicily Sign Protocol of Understanding for Energy Development on the Island, Killajoules, 6 Aug. 2009.
  3. ENTSOG_TYNDP_2020_Annex_A_Projects_Tables.xlsx ENTSOG, accessed February 4, 2021
  4. Porto Empedocle LNG Terminal, A Barrel Full, accessed April 2017.
  5. Enel sees Sicily LNG terminal operating in 2015, Reuters, 8 Feb. 2011.
  6. L'Enel ha deciso e rinuncia al rigassificatore di Porto Empedocle, La Sicilia, 17 July 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "PORTO EMPEDOCLE TERMINAL PER FORNITURA GAS: NO DI ITALIA NOSTRA". Corriere di Sciacca. March 28, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Un rigassificatore a Porto Empedocle? Mareamico: "Vogliamo le carte"". Agrigento Notizie. March 28, 2019.
  9. "Dalle ombre del passato riemerge il progetto del Rigassificatore di Porto Empedocle... in salsa cinese?". I Nuovi Vespri. April 1, 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Rigassificatore di Porto Empedocle, "tiene" l'autorizzazione paesaggistica della struttura". Agrigento Notizie. March 11, 2019.
  11. "Green Italia contro il rigassificatore di Porto Empedocle e a Agrigento". Green Italia. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  12. "Terminale di rigassificazione GNL di Porto Empedocle (AG): adeguamento opere marittime portuali connesse alla realizzazione dell'impianto - Documentazione - Valutazioni e Autorizzazioni Ambientali - VAS - VIA - AIA". Minambiente. September 29, 2008.
  13. "Piano decennale di sviluppo della rete di trasporto del gas naturale 2020-2029" (PDF). Snam Rete Gas S.p.A. January 31, 2020.

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