Our activities in Ravenna

Workers on board the Ravenna platform

Project features

Activity start date: 1952 - present

Italy, Ravenna

Chemistry
Chemistry
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
Carbon management
Carbon management
Environmental reclamation
Environmental reclamation

Eni
Versalis
Eni Power
Eni Rewind
Plenitude
Eni New Energy

Bridgestone
Hera

Project development and operation

The CO2 capture and storage project

Following similar projects that are already operational or undergoing development in Northern Europe, Eni (as Operator) and Snam are developing the Ravenna CCS project. Using the large capacity of the depleted Adriatic gas fields, this project aims to create the reference hub for CO2 storage in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, and one of the largest in the world.

The initial phase of the project, due to start in 2024, will be aimed at capturing 25,000 tonnes of CO2 from Eni's Casalborsetti gas processing plant in Ravenna. Once captured, the CO2 will be transported to the Porto Corsini Mare Ovest platform and finally injected into the depleted gas field of the same name, offshore Ravenna.  

In the industrial phase, starting in 2026, the plan is to store 4 million tonnes of CO2 to contribute to the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries such as steel, cement, ceramics and chemistry. This way, we will obtain a low-emission production cluster

From 2030 onwards, the large capacity of the reservoirs will allow us to increase storage to 16 million tonnes per year or more, depending on market demand.

 

Thanks to the admission of the Callisto integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project to the European list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI Projects), the Ravenna CO2 storage hub will play a key role in the creation of a high-tech international supply chain in the decarbonization sector. Admission to the CIP project list will enable the project, once it has completed the steps of the current process, which is expected to be concluded in 2024, to be eligible for the Connecting Europe Facility Fund (CEF), which is intended to provide non-reimbursable funding to support studies and the development of infrastructure for the reception, transport and storage of CO2.

 

Furthermore, due to its potential, Ravenna CCS is participating in HERCCULES, an international research project that aims to accelerate the deployment of CO2 capture, storage and reuse in Mediterranean Europe.

Natural gas production

Ravenna is part of the Northern Central District (DICS), dedicated to the almost exclusive production of natural gas from offshore platforms. The gas also feeds the Eni Power power plant that supplies energy to the industrial complex and mainly to the distribution network. In Emilia-Romagna, production activity has coexisted for decades with tourism, fishing and aquaculture, thanks to a monitoring and environmental protection system that is considered as a model worldwide. While gas extraction continues from active fields, decommissioned facilities are gradually being dismantled according to ministerial initiatives. A first batch of offshore structures will rolled out from 2023-2024. As part of decommissioning, we are also pursuing circular economy initiatives involving the reconversion of an old offshore platform into an artificial ecosystem suitable for colonisation by marine organisms, with the aim of creating a marine science park that will be supported by national research organisations.

Ponticelle: enhancement and revitalisation of the area

In Ravenna, through Eni Rewind, we are also involved in the environmental rehabilitation of brownfield sites. The flagship initiative is the Ponticelle project that we are implementing together with Hera, the Emilia-Romagna multi-utility. On completion of the clean-up activities, Ponticelle will become a hub for sustainable reclamation, waste exploitation and energy production from renewable sources. In concrete terms, the site will house a photovoltaic plant with a solar tracking system and storage lab, a centre for soil recovery through the use of microorganisms, and an advanced platform for industrial waste management based on energy and material recovery.

Refining and circular chemistry

We are also present in Ravenna with Versalis, particularly in the production of elastomers: these are elastic materials that are an essential element when it comes to making tyres, but also for technical items and even some types of paper. In this area, we are specialising in high-performance, low-energy products, bringing together the knowledge of the Versalis Research Centre in Ravenna and the expertise of the technical departments at large tyre companies such as Bridgestone.

An additional line of research involves the production of elastomers from recycling tyres through a process that was granted the Eni Award and used to produce the Versalis Revive® ESBR range.
Also in Ravenna, chemistry is integrated into the refining process for the production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distributed for mobility purposes. In a wider context through a logistics system in the area, the Ravenna plants are integrated with those of our other production sites in the Po Valley chemical quadrilateral: Venice, Ferrara and Mantua.

Highlights

 

500 mln
ton

potential CO₂ storage of the Ravenna CCS project


1,403
people

work force in all Eni companies in Ravenna in 2022


1,86 bln

production of natural gas at the DICS in 2022


5.6
MW

estimated power of the Ponticelle photovoltaic plant


500 mln
ton

potential CO₂ storage of the Ravenna CCS project

1,403
people

work force in all Eni companies in Ravenna in 2022

1,86 bln

production of natural gas at the DICS in 2022

5.6
MW

estimated power of the Ponticelle photovoltaic plant

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Ravenna CCS

Lowering industrial emissions by storing CO₂ underground. Discover details and opportunities on the new Eni and Snam website.

70 years and beyond, the photo book dedicated to Ravenna

The book tells of the evolution of the Ravenna district from its origins in 1952 to the latest energy transition projects.

Ravenna platform in the middle of the sea
Last update: 15 November 2023


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