Oslo-listed Stolt-Nielsen has purchased a 10% stake in HIGAS, with an option to acquire up to 80% of the Sardinian company.
HIGAS is a joint venture between Gas and Heat and CPL Concordia with plans to build and operate an LNG terminal and distribution facility in the port of Oristano, Sardinia. The LNG is to be shipped to the terminal by LNG tankers and distributed to customers via pipeline and trucks. The terminal is expected to be completed in 2017.
Commenting on the project, Andrew Pickering, president of Stolt-Nielsen LNG Holdings, said, “This joint venture represents SNL’s third strategic investment in the LNG segment, where our focus is on meeting what we call stranded demand for LNG. Sardinia, which is not served by a gas pipeline, is a perfect example. With demand for natural gas rising on Sardinia, small-scale LNG imports represent an attractive solution.”