Environmental Safeguards

The terminal has has been favourable judged in four Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and holds an Integrated Environmental Authorisation (IEA).

In agreement with the competent supervisory authorities, an extensive coastal and marine environmental monitoring plan was also drawn up and agreed between Adriatic LNG and ISPRA (the Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), executed under the supervision of ARPAV (the Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection for Veneto).

The AIA (Autorizzazione Integrata Ambientale) Decree sets rigid environmental parameters for the emission into the atmosphere of exhaust gases generated by the turbines activated to produce electricity.
Adriatic LNG performs consistently rigorous emissions controls, both on the atmosphere in the regasification plant and onboard the LNG terminal through a special measurement unit located in Porto Viro, in the province of Rovigo.

In compliance with the authorities in charge, an extensive monitoring plan has been implemented for the coastal marine environment.
This project is the result of a collaboration between Adriatic LNG and Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA – Institute for the Environmental Protection and Research) supervised by the Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e Protezione Ambientale del Veneto (ARPAV – Regional Agency for the Environmental Prevention and protection of Veneto). The plan provides for the investigation of environmental elements such as water, sediment, biota and biocoenosis (i.e. the ensemble of flora and fauna species) in the areas surrounding the regasification plant, along the conduit that connects it to the mainland and wetlands, to monitor all chemical, physical and biological aspects of the ecosystem.

In January 2010, an artificial reef was installed at about 30 meters deep, inside the terminal security area. This innovative structure, named Tecnoreef, consists of a group of submerged atolls made of pyramidal structures of different sizes and is made of reinforced concrete, based on natural elements without any synthetic additives. The results of the first monitoring campaigns conducted by ISPRA have detected an increase in the variety of flora and fauna of the reef.

The construction of a natural gas pipeline hat connects the ALNG terminal to the mainland took place in full compliance with the safeguards of lakeland areas and of the habits of migratory birds flying over the Po.
Moreover, to protect the most sensitive areas:

  • Innovative techniques have been introduced, such as controlled horizontal drilling;
  • Temporary barriers have been installed to reduce noise pollution and water turbidity;
  • Remedial measures were put in place for the revegetation of the most impacted areas, which have already yielded positive results with the revival of previously disappeared local tree species.