January 21, 2021. The first of the 26 new natural gas refueling stations that Snam4Mobility will build within the network of IP distributors was opened today in Rieti, Lazio, Italy, under the framework agreement signed in 2018 by the two companies. To celebrate the occasion, the first refuelling was carried out on a premium-level methane car: an Audi A5 G-tron, combining performance and efficiency with environmental benefits.
The Rieti distributor, in via Oreste di Fazio, inaugurated the first phase of plants contracted by Snam4Mobility and IP. In addition to this, in Lazio another five distributors will be opened by 2022, three of which are located in motorway refueling stations on the A1 (Mascherone East-Rome, Mascherone West-Rome, A1 Casilina Est Frosinone). This marks a significant implementation for methane car drivers in Rieti; so far only one natural gas station existed in the region.
The new opening represents an important milestone for the growth of a natural gas distribution infrastructure for transport throughout Italy, and the two companies plan to promote increasingly sustainable mobility. IP’s strategy is to evolve and innovate the role of the fuel distribution network which, by ensuring a multi-energy and multi-service offer, has turned into a strategic asset in the transition towards sustainable mobility. This strategy includes the introduction throughout the network of OPTIMO fuels, premium gasoline and diesel sold at the price of traditional fuels; of natural gas, with the new openings adding to the 50 existing methane stations, and up to electricity with the installation of fast and ultrafast charging stations that will allow extra-urban electric mobility.
Snam4Mobility, a company wholly owned by Snam, provides integrated services for sustainable “smart green” mobility using natural gas and biomethane. To strengthen the distribution network, Snam4Mobility executes compressed gas (CNG and bio-CNG) distribution infrastructures for cars and liquefied gas (LNG and bio-LNG) for heavy transport. Snam’s 2020-2024 strategy plan envisages the construction of 150 new natural gas and biomethane stations and of the first five hydrogen stations.
In addition to the Rieti point of sale and the others that will be launched in Lazio, the construction of new natural gas filling stations is planned in collaboration between Snam4Mobility and IP in Lombardy (5 plants, 3 of which are motorway), Tuscany (5 plants of which 4 motorway), Emilia-Romagna (2 motorway), Veneto (2 motorway), in Abruzzo (1 motorway), Calabria (1), Marche (1 motorway), Piedmont (1 motorway), Puglia (1) and Umbria (1 motorway).