Rich deposits in the Adriatic and between Egypt and Cyprus. Italy could be the energy hub of the Mediterranean but does not take advantage of it
In times like these, doubling national gas production could mean salvation. And Italy could do it. Yet, controversy and bizarre rules make it impossible to do so. The press tells it today in an interesting dossier: “On our side of the Adriatic there is no attempt to drill in search of new natural gas, and indeed they allow themselves to deteriorate, due to regulatory obstacles and lack of maintenance., platforms already active and which could extract a lot of extra methane without having to search for it; already building a second regasification plant in Ravenna within the next two years sounds like a heroic undertaking “, writes the Turin daily.
“IInstead, in Croatia, drilling is being done to tap into those same submarine fields that we refuse to access, and Albania is a candidate to become a small Adriatic emirate of hydrocarbons.i, after Shell discovered gas and oil there “, continues La Stampa.” In the Adriatic region, the second Ravenna regasification plant is the only concrete initiative that Italy is carrying out to get out of its dependence on Russian gas; it is a plant capable of receiving liquefied methane brought by ships, and has the peculiarity of not being a fixed structure, like the one that in Ravenna it already exists, but floating; if Snam has procured it, but it will not be able to go into operation in a very short time, we will have to wait until the summer of 2024 “.
Yet Italy could really carve out a leading role, as Alberto Clò always says in La Stampa: “Under the sea of Egypt, Israel and Cyprus there are fields with at least 3,500 billion cubic meters and a large underwater pipeline is planned to bring this gas to Italy and from here to the rest of Europe. Thus Italy would become the great southern hub of the continent, accomplishing in the South what Germany hoped to do in the North with Nord Stream 2, which is now blocked by the war in Ukraine “.
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