Together we bring LNG to Italy

HIGAS S.r.l. is a company founded with the aim of doing what is necessary: creating a LNG storage in the industrial port of Santa Giusta (Oristano). HIGAS is a joint venture of 3 companies with over thirty years of experience in the transport, management and distribution of liquefied and gaseous fuels.

Thanks to a consolidated know-how of LNG, methane will arrive in Sardinia to supply energy to industries, agricultural activities, automotive and houses in the Sardinian territory.

Gas & Heat – Leading italian company in the design, supply and installation of cargo systems for gas tankers destined for maritime transport of LPG, ethylene and LNG, as well as shipping company, with a fleet of 4 LPG gas tankers of 3,300 m³ and joint owner in a 9,000 m³ ethylene ship. Gas & Heat is also the EPC contractor for the building of the HIGAS LNG terminal.  Website

CPL Concordia – Italian cooperative group operating in 4 continents, established in 1899, and is a holding company that consists of 67 companies and 1,400 employess, who provides procurement, distribution, sale and accounting of gas and electricity, including production using renewable plants. Website

Avenir LNG – Avenir LNG has been established by Stolt Nielsen, together with global LNG players Golar LNG and Hoegh LNG, to develop the three companies interests in the Small Scale LNG sector. Stolt-Nielsen’s Small Scale LNG business to date, including HIGAS, has been assigned to Avenir, including 6xLNG Carriers whose contracts have been awarded to Chinese yards. The first vessel, expected to be delivered by the current year, shall be providing the transport of LNG to Higas Receiving Terminal. Website

The strategic decision to import gas through pipelines

Historically, Italy took the strategic decision to import gas through the pipelines, thus creating an economic and strategic dependence on the countries where the pipeline originates.

The alternative exists, and consists of purchasing gas from producing countries, where it is cheaper, shipping it liquefied in special vessels, store it in dedicated plants and regasifying it in order to put it into the network and make it available for industrial and domestic uses.

LNG the present and the future

The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is high on the agenda for most of the Western states and the European Community. The use of LNG to replace fuel oil, gasoil and coal, both for marine propulsion and for terrestrial uses is undoubtedly one of the best solutions to comply with emission regulations, which have become increasingly stringent.

  • Differentiation of energy sources of supply

  • Best energy efficiency

  • Competitive cost in the short and long term

  • Reduction of atmospheric pollutants

Environmental impact

Compared to liquid fuels refined from oil, the lower environmental impact of LNG is having a greater impact on human health and is immediately evident:



CO2 -25%
SOx -99%
NOx -40%
Particulate matter -85%

The Terminal

The purpose of the Santa Giusta HIGAS system is to receive LNG from small and medium-sized gas carriers, to discharge the liquid into the storage tanks so that it can be used mainly in liquid form as fuel for automotive, industrial, civil and marine use and partly as a gas (NG) to be fed into the pipeline networks that already partially exists in the area.

LNG will be stored in 6 horizontal low-pressure cryogenic tanks; it is a modular storage system, which can be subdivided or expanded based on market demand. The subdivision will ensure safety and the modularity will allow the start-up even with only a part of the total capacity in use.
The tanks are made with suitable cryogenic materials, which maintain high mechanical characteristics at low temperatures (-162 ° C); they are double-wall type to guarantee thermal insulation and containment of liquid and gas, even in the event of loss of the internal container.

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