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

The challenges we face

We stand with the United States in developing cutting-edge technology, aware of its capacity to innovate, particularly in the energy sector. At the same time, we are looking with interest at the growth opportunities offered by Latin American countries in the fields of conventional and alternative energies.

The United States continues to be a fount of innovation and transformation of the energy sector. As well as being a great consumer and, over the past decade, a producer of hydrocarbons, the USA, with its centres of excellence and a market capable of sustaining innovation, is also a breeding ground for creative technology, able to generate ground-breaking ideas and overturn existing energy-related and regulatory paradigms. This is exactly what is happening, for example, in the development and spread of renewables and the promotion of new technologies, especially in areas such as California. This transformation will also assume increasing importance nationally, as part of an economic renewal in which energy transition will play an important part in guiding investment decisions. Latin America, too, offers great opportunities for the development of both conventional and renewable forms of energy. These require leadership capabilities and efforts to modernise, one sign of which is Mexico’s renewed openness to international companies.

The strategy

We continue to co-operate with prestigious partners in the research sector and are experimenting with several technologies in support of energy transition, as well as working to protect forests and local biodiversity.

In the Americas, we are active in all segments of the energy value chain, from Upstream activities to marketing and chemicals, and in recent years we have signed agreements to continue and expand our portfolio of renewables projects. But, for Eni, the region is above all an innovation hub, where we are pursuing vital partnerships in research and development. In 2008, we formed a strategic alliance with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the aim of experimenting with and patenting such innovative technologies as fusion energy, more efficient renewables, the capture and reuse of CO₂ and asset integrity instruments. In 2020, we embarked on a new initiative with the Boston Consulting Group and Google Cloud to create a digital platform dedicated to sustainability and open to everyone working in the energy sector, as a way of sharing knowledge and best practices. Leveraging our industrial expertise, the quality of our supply chain and our strategic commitment is how Eni is contributing to a fair and sustainable energy transition. Finally, in this area we are promoting forest protection and the conservation of biodiversity as part of the UN’s REDD+ scheme, with projects currently planned for Mexico.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology and us at 2019

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
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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.