SERGNANO, ITALY - 9 FEBRUARY 2020: Workers walk by a compression unit in the Sergnano compression plant in Sergnano, Italy, on February 9th 2020.
The Sergnano compression plant is functional to the strengthening of the Snam-owned Italian gas infrastructures and their interconnection with Europe. In particular, the compression station allows the increase of gas transport capacity along the east-west route of the Po Valley and makes it possible to export gas to the Passo Gries and Tarvisio exit points towards Switzerland and Austria. The plant occupies a position of convergence of the main gas pipelines in the northern area of Italy.
Italy is optimally positioned to become a leading hub for green hydrogen from North Africa to
Europe. Italy could use its solar resources and its existing connection to North Africa (which has even better
solar resources) to set up a leading hydrogen hub.
Snam is one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies and first in Europe by gas transmission network size (32,625 km in Italy, over 41,000 with international subsidiaries) and storage capacity (16.9 billion cubic meters in Italy, more than 20 bcm with international subsidiaries).
In September 2018, together with other European companies, Snam signed a Hydrogen Initiative declaration to support hydrogen’s potential as a sustainable energy source. The signatory companies have undertaken to gradually integrate hydrogen into gas transmission networks and to encourage their use as a solution for energy storage, as well as to support the development of hydrogen produced by electrolysis, which allows more efficient use of energy intermittent renewables.
Snam has recently doubled the volume of the hydrogen blend, which was experimentally introduced into its natural gas transmission network in Contursi Terme, Salerno (Italy), to 10%, this just a few months after the 5% hydrogen blend was introduced into the network for the first time in Europe. This directly supplied two com