Why is this pipeline necessary?
Why is this pipeline important for Sardinia?
What savings will the pipeline bring to Sardinian citizens?
What will be the benefits for Sardinian companies? Can they participate in building the gas pipeline?
Who will select companies and suppliers for the construction of the pipeline?
Is not there the case that when the pipeline is completed Sardinians cannot use methane?
What benefits for Sardinian companies resulting from the use of methane?
Will there be benefits also for local employment?
With Galsi, will the cost of methane for Sardinian companies and households be higher than that of other regions, as is the case today with LPG?
>What will be the benefits for Sardinians with the arrival of natural gas in the marketplace?
Why is this pipeline necessary?
Italy decided to focus on strengthening natural gas import lines since natural gas represents a significant share of Italian Energy consumption, particularly for electricity production, and is in any case likely to retain a fundamental role even with the strong development of renewable sources and other sources.
Why is this pipeline important for Sardinia?
Sardinia is the only Italian region not yet interconnected to the National gas network, therefore the Galsi project represents an almost unique opportunity, maybe the last one, to start the methanization of the Island with clear benefits in terms of Energy safety of the island and for local economy and the environment.
What savings will the pipeline bring to Sardinian citizens?
The availability of a natural gas distribution network replacing current, more expensive systems (LPG networks, propane air, diesel, electric water boilers, etc.) shall mean a reduction in the energy bill, with savings of 30-40% for Sardinian households and companies. Since the average annual cost for a Sardinian household in energy bills is around €600, they could save €270 a year. For a school with 500 children or a hospital with 100 beds, replacing a traditional diesel or fuel oil boiler with a methane condensing boiler will generate annual savings of € 17,000 and €35,000, respectively. Industries will achieve economic gains from the use of methane of approximately € 200 million per year.
What will be the benefits for Sardinian companies? Can they participate in building the gas pipeline?
The construction stage of the pipeline is expected to have positive consequences for the companies in the areas of the works. during the construction stage of the pipeline, positive consequences are expected for Sardinian companies from contracts and subcontracts pertaining to civil works and transport, amounting to around € 220 million, approximately 30% of the overall investment. This percentage could be higher if there are Sardinian companies with appropriate skills and features to win also the most qualified works by means of tenders.
Who will select companies and suppliers for the construction of the pipeline?
On the basis of the agreement signed by and between Galsi and Snam Rete Gas on 30 September 2008, Snam Rete Gas will deal with the construction and management of the domestic segment of the pipeline, from Porto Botte to Piombino. Snam Rete Gas will therefore manage the tenders for the selection of companies and for pipeline construction activities, according to law, and based upon its own selection criteria. Information on the selection criteria and for qualifying as a Snam Rete Gas supplier is available on website http://www.snamretegas.it/it/lavora_con_noi/lcn_diventa_un_fornitore.shtml.
Is not there the case that when the pipeline is completed Sardinians cannot use methane?
The Sardinia regional authority, directly and through SFIRS, shareholder of the Galsi consortium, has undertaken, also during public conferences, to ensure that the construction of local gas networks and interconnections to the Galsi main line are finished in parallel with the commissioning of Galsi to allow Sardinian users to benefit from methane as soon as it is available through Galsi.
What benefits for Sardinian companies resulting from the use of methane?
Savings in energy costs for Sardinia from methane will give a significant stimulus to the economy. It will help the current high energy consuming Sardinian companies since they will use more efficient and less expensive energy. As was the case of Southern Italy, it will also foster the setting up of new industrial operations linked to the use of methane, such as in the ceramics, paper, wood industries, food and agriculture industries and the building material industry.
Will there be benefits also for local employment?
During the gas pipeline construction stage, positive consequences on local employment are expected from contracts and subcontracts for civil works and transport. It is estimated that the building site stage for the gas pipeline construction can generate from 500 to 2000 jobs for a period of 18 months. Of these, around 50% will be skilled workers and unskilled workers part of whom will come from local areas. At the same time, lasting benefits are already resulting from the creation of (secondary and urban) local gas distribution networks for which AIEE estimates a total of 3500 jobs dealing with construction. Once the pipeline is operative, companies dealing with network and domestic system management and maintenance activities will hire no less than 2000 new people and a few more thousand will be able to find a job because of the industrial development generated by the availability of methane. Overall, local employment will increase by 10,000 jobs.
With Galsi, will the cost of methane for Sardinian companies and households be higher than that of other regions, as is the case today with LPG?
No, the costs of natural gas available to Sardinian companies and households when Galsi is operative will be the same as those of the rest of the national market. This because the market of natural gas is regulated and tariffs are defined nationally by the Authority for Electric Energy and Gas, which defines the minimum and maximum selling price, updated every quarter and which ensures and supervises prices and offers made by selling companies.
What will be the benefits for Sardinians with the arrival of natural gas in the marketplace?
Thanks to the completion of the Galsi project, Sardinia will join the Domestic Gas System which is a fully liberalized market. The main benefit of liberalization is the opportunity to freely choose your gas supplier, among those active in the market, for your home or organization. Sardinian users will then have the possibility to have a “commercial” supply of gas from various origins through the many suppliers active in the domestic and European market, choosing the most competitive offer. To further guarantee household users, the Authority has defined a maximum selling price for gas to which all “domestic” customers have a right and which is updated quarterly.