Adriatic LNG terminal

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Not to be confused with Adria LNG.
The Adriatic LNG terminal

The Adriatic LNG terminal is a liquid natural gas offshore terminal, formally known as Terminale GNL Adriatico Srl.[1] Located in the northern Adriatic 9 miles (14 km) offshore of Porto Viro, in Porto Levante, near Rovigo, Italy, it is the world's first offshore gravity-based structure LNG regasification terminal.[2][1] The terminal is operated by Qatar Terminal Ltd., a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Italiana Gas, and Edison SpA. The terminal is 47-metre (154 ft) high, 88-metre (289 ft) wide, and 180-metre (590 ft) long.[3]


The terminal facility was built in Algeciras, Spain, then towed to Porto Levante, Italy. Construction started in October 2003 and finished in August 2008.[4] The LNG tanks were constructed in South Korea. The pipeline that connects to the terminal is located south of the Levante Po River mouth near Scanno Cavallari.[5]


After construction was completed in Algeciras, the rig was towed by four tugboats to its current location off the coast of Rovigo.[4] The flotilla traveled the 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km; 2,000 mi) in 16 days to reach the site. It traveled at an average speed of 4.4 knots (8.1 km/h; 5.1 mph).[3] When it arrived, the terminal was weighted down by water to ensure it was permanently positioned on the seabed.[3]


Operations started in the mid of 2009. It received its first cargo on 11 August 2009. When fully operational, it is expected to store and regasify 8 billion cubic metres (280 billion cubic feet) of natural gas per year, enough to meet 10% of Italy's natural gas needs.[6][7] The terminal will receive a LNG carrier every three days from Qatar.[4] The gas will then be regasified and will be sent to the Italian gas network by a pipeline from the terminal to the coast.


  1. ^ a b "See "Our History"". 
  2. ^ "Offshore LNG terminal moved to Adriatic off Italy". Oil & Gas Journal. PennWell Corp. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Edison: First Offshore Regasification Plant In The World Lands To Italy" (Press release). Edison S.p.A. 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Adriatic LNG Terminal Project". Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Technical features". Adriatic LNG. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
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  7. ^ name=ogj110809> Watkins, Eric (2009-08-11). "Adriatic LNG receives first cargo". Oil & Gas Journal. 107. PennWell Corp. (subscription required). Retrieved 2009-08-12. 

Coordinates: 45°05′30″N 12°35′10″E / 45.09167°N 12.58611°E / 45.09167; 12.58611