August 2018, Vol. 245, No. 8

Features

Italian Energy Hub Seen as Key to EU Goals

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor European energy policy is largely determined by Brussels and implemented by individual member states, but integral to improving European energy security are joint plans to turn Italy into Southern Europe’s energy hub. It would be fed by pipeline natural gas  from North Africa and Caspian Sea gas fields, LNG by tanker from the Middle East, and ultimately from the Eastern Mediterranean for onward despatch to markets in Central Europe and the Balkans. Figure 1: Overview of SNAM operations To contribute to  the EU environmental program, gas will replace coal after 2025 in power generation and act as a

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