Spain launches small-scale LNG plan

Spain launches small-scale LNG plan

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The first storage facility was opened in 1970. The model could work in Europe but needs greater infrastructure availability and favorable regulations

In Spain the small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and transport model is gaining ground. The history of the small scale terminals dates back to 1970, when a satellite plant was opened on the French border. Since then, over half a million trucks have been loaded with LNG then stored in in the miniature plants in Spain as well as abroad given the more widespread need of reception and transportation of gas. LNG is in fact one of the cleanest available forms of energy and is used in transportation and in the industrial sector given its cheaper price compared to fossil fuels and its more environmentally friendly nature. In Spain, Enagas is leading the push as the company is working on the development of the storage facilities.
The dissemination of these small-scale systems hinges, however, on the development of storage and transport facilities as well as new territorial pricing policies. From a regulatory perspective, the EU is taking action to promote the use of LNG for mobility. It all falls under the EU Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure 2014/94/EU, which requires member states to ensure the availability of this technology by the end of 2025.