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NOV08

CET 12:30

Eni signs R&D frame agreement with Turin Polytechnic


In addition to setting up a permanent observatory on cutting-edge Oil & Gas upstream technology, cooperation is also underway on R&D projects relating to specific oilfield engineering competencies.

Novara, 10 November 2008 – Eni and the Polytechnic University of Turin signed an agreement today at the Donegani Research Centre in Novara, covering technological research work.

The agreement endorses and strengthens the long-standing ties of cooperation under which Eni and Turin Polytechnic have organised numerous initiatives, including the level II university master’s degree in Oil Engineering, which commenced in academic year 2003/2004.

The wide range of research projects developed by the two organisations includes a growing number of important projects which were created over the last few years through the Dream spin-off. In addition to setting up a permanent observatory on cutting-edge Oil & Gas upstream technology, cooperation is also underway on R&D projects relating to specific oilfield engineering competencies.

Technological innovation lies at the heart of Eni’s medium/long-term strategy. The company’s first Technological Master Plan, formulated in 2006, identifies the main challenges facing the energy sector over the coming years and defines the strategic priorities. The Plan also sets out technological innovation objectives and indicates the action required to raise R&D efficiency and effectiveness.

One of the strengths of the project is scientific cooperation agreements with the leading Italian and international universities and centres of excellence to boost Eni’s technological assets in the energy sector and related industries. This is the foundation for the research agreement between Eni and Turin Polytechnic, joining the agreements already signed with the Milan Polytechnic and the MIT of Boston.

Specifically, researchers are studying innovative sensors and methods to monitor fluid production and movements in oil fields, as a means to obtain immediate, reliable information in a cost-effective manner.  Thus, enabling them to optimise production in real-time and maximise hydrocarbon recovery rates.

Systems for transmission of thermal energy into reserves are being assessed, to assist heavy oil production and reduce viscosity.

For the Polytechnic, the agreement confirms the strength of its ties with Eni and lays foundation for further developments in energy research and education.

 

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Last updated on 10/11/08 at 12:30