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OMV, Snam and TAG sign MoU for sustainable LNG mobility

In Austria, integrated oil and gas major OMV AG, and Italian gas major Società Nazionale Metanodotti S.p.A. (Snam) and transmission system operator (TSO) Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH (TAG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the collaboration in the field of "sustainable" liquefied natural gas (LNG) mobility.

In Austria, integrated oil and gas major OMV AG, and Italian gas major Società Nazionale Metanodotti S.p.A. (Snam) and transmission system operator (TSO) Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH (TAG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the collaboration in the field of “sustainable” liquefied natural gas (LNG) mobility. The agreement was signed by Rainer Seele, CEO of OMV AG, Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam S.p.A., as well as the Managing Directors of TAG GmbH, Daniele Gamba and Rudolf Starzer (photo courtesy Klaus Prokop).

The agreement was signed by Rainer Seele, CEO of OMV AG, Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam S.p.A., as well as the Managing Directors of TAG GmbH, Daniele Gamba and Rudolf Starzer.

We believe that the demand for LNG on the road will grow. Studies suggest that the number of LNG trucks will increase to 280,000 in Europe by 2030. Less CO2 and particulate emissions as well as less noise add up to environmentally sound goods transport. This is why we should get on with expanding the requisite infrastructure and supply, said Rainer Seele, CEO, OMV.

The MoU lays out the intention to jointly explore potential opportunities in the field of “sustainable LNG mobility in Austria such as the construction of a small-scale LNG liquefaction plant, the framework for a later LNG supply agreement, and the development of an LNG market.

Our cooperation with OMV and our associate TAG is aimed at boosting sustainable natural gas mobility in Austria, building on already successful experience. Italy has the largest number of both CNG (over 1,300) and LNG (over 50) distributors in Europe and Snam is investing to further strengthen the network for both cars and trucks. Gas is the most immediate solution for reducing pollution from fine dust and CO2 emissions from light and heavy transportation and also has great potential in maritime and rail transport. Additionally, thanks to biomethane and bio-LNG, it is gradually becoming renewable, paving the way for further decarbonisation of transport, said Marco Alverà, CEO, Snam.

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