The Americas

Our activities on the American continent are concentrated on exploration and development activities, as well as refining and technological research projects in collaboration with MIT.

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A key alliance for innovation: from solar to deep water

Our challenges

We are active in the US in the research and development of cutting-edge technologies, aware of their ability to generate innovation, especially in the energy sector. At the same time, we are looking forward to the growth opportunities offered by Latin American countries in the traditional and renewable sectors.

The US continues to be a source of innovation and transformation in the energy sector. In addition to being a leading consumer and, for the past decade, producer of hydrocarbons, the USA is also a creative and technological powerhouse capable of generating ideas that can disrupt energy and regulatory paradigms thanks to its centres of excellence and a market capable of sustaining innovation. This is what is happening, for example, in the development and dissemination of renewable energy and the promotion of new technologies. This transformation will also be increasingly important at a national level, with a view to economic recovery where the energy transition will play an important role in guiding investment choices. Latin America also offers great opportunities for development in both traditional and renewable sources, which require guidance and modernisation.

The strategy

We continue to work with prestigious research partners, with whom we have initiated the testing of numerous technologies to support the energy transition, and we promote the protection of forests and the biodiversity of the region.

In the Americas we are present upstream, in refining & marketing and in chemicals and trading, sectors that we have been adding on to in recent years as we continue to expand our renewable energy portfolio.

For Eni, the region is above all a key innovation hub. In fact we boast important partnerships in the area of research and development, where since 2008 we have had a strategic alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for testing and patenting innovative technologies such as fusion energy, innovative and more efficient renewables, CO₂ capture and reuse, and asset integrity tools.

In September 2021 Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) – an MIT spin-out company of which Eni is the largest shareholder – announced the completion of the world's first test of magnetic confinement fusion, a technology that has never been tested on an industrial scale and that applies the principles employed by the Sun to generate its own energy. Also in the area of research and development, in 2020 we launched a new initiative with the Boston Consulting Group and Google Cloud to create a digital platform open to all players in the energy sector and dedicated to sustainability, for the sharing of best practices and knowledge. Eni will contribute its industrial expertise, the quality of its supply chain and its strategic commitment to a fair and sustainable energy transition. In January 2022 in Mexico we signed an agreement with UNESCO to identify initiatives to support the development of the local economy, to conserve and sustainably manage the natural heritage and to ensure access to basic services.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology and us at 2021

in just over 10 years, developed unique technologies
> 40
inventions patented
70projects
since 2008, of which 28 in progress
one of the most important projects, the first Solar Frontier Center
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MIT departments involved
2008 collaboration began
professors, researches, postgraduates, and students
+ 40
MIT people involved in the research
ongoing efforts include nanotechnologies and materials for solar photovoltaics
200
scientific publications from 2008 to today
for low-carbon technologies and innovations
29
patent applications

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Our main American development projects

Our operations in the US make use of the most advanced technological solutions to minimise environmental impact.

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Area 1: hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico

We acquired this area in the Gulf of Mexico in 2015 and completed the drilling programme two years later.

Full production of the Miztón field, where production began in 2019, will start in the early months of 2021 with the installation of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit that will allow us to reach a production plateau.

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Eni e MIT insieme per l’energia del futuro

Collaboration with MIT

Since 2008 we have been collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston on numerous projects relating to renewable energy, the environment and workplace safety.

Most of the research focuses on renewables (especially solar), but also looks at fusion, energy storage and reservoir modelling.

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Our operations

From Canada to Argentina, from Mexico to the United States, we operate by adopting technologies and industrial processes that respect our surroundings. We currently operate in:

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Energy and geo-economic scenarios

To understand an increasingly complex present, we have to move past a single vision of reality. That’s why we offer an overview of countries that takes into account a variety of interwoven aspects: from historical events to energy policy, and from geo-economics to the push towards digitalisation.

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Mexico on the road

It is the third largest country in Latin America after Brazil and Argentina. An overview of Mexico, now with full macroeconomic stability, moving towards the energy transition and eradicating poverty.