Milan-based refinery group Saras is constructing a new bunkering terminal at its Sardinia plant in Sarroch and will market a new low sulphur fuel before 2020 the CEO of the company Dario Scaffardi told Reuters.
Saras will build infrastructure that will allow ships to dock outside its refinery in Sardinia.
“Today, bunkering is based mainly on blending. In the Mediterranean you have Malta, where people bring different fuels and blend it. With the new specs, this (blending) will be very difficult to achieve for technical reasons so people like us, who will be able to produce directly the new fuel, will have the competitive advantage” Scaffardi said. “With a small investment, we will have bunkering infrastructure and a lightering vessel and start selling locally fuels to expand the market” he added.
The plant will initially produce 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes of low sulphur bunker per year.