SAN DONATO MILANESE, ITALY - 10 FEBRUARY 2020: Operators are seen here at work at the SNAM Dispatching Center in San Donato Milanese, Italy, on February 10th 2020.
The SNAM dispatching center is a strategic infrastructure to manage gas flows on the domestic transmission network. The main gas pipelines and compressor stations that make up the Italian gas system are monitored or remote controlled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the operation room. A large videowall, about 50 square meters, provides operators with an overall view of the domestic gas transmission network with the main points of interest and the related process information.
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 supplie