Our work in United Kingdom

We have been in the country since 1964. Today our work in UK is in the Exploration & Production, Global Gas & LNG and Refining & Marketing and Chemicals and Plenitude & Power sectors.


A decisive step for the HyNet North West project

Eni plays a leading role in the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects in the UK as operator for the transport and storage of carbon dioxide of the HyNet North West consortium.

The UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) has announced the list of CO2 capture projects that will access the funding provided by the Government for Track 1 initiatives to accelerate the country’s decarbonization. Of the 8 projects selected, 5 belong to the HyNet North West consortium, in which Eni is the operator for the above-mentioned activities.

With these 5 projects, which were awarded to Eni as part of the HyNet consortium, Eni will contribute to the decarbonization of “hard to abate” sectors in the country. Thanks to the volume of CO2 that will be captured, collected, transported and later permanently stored in its depleted gas fields, Eni will offer a significant contribution  to the energy transition in the United Kingdom, which confirms its position as one of the leading countries in the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CCS). 

The development process will involve two tranches with different start-up times, one by 2025 (Track 1 projects) and one by 2027 (Track 2 projects). The storage of CO2 in the HyNet North West project is carried out in an area near Liverpool Bay in the East Irish Sea. The depleted Hamilton, North Hamilton and Lennox fields will be reused and their infrastructure will be converted for the permanent storage of carbon dioxide captured in North West England and North Wales.

Under the framework agreement signed with Progressive Energy in May 2021, Eni will develop and operate both the onshore and offshore transportation and storage of CO2 in the Liverpool Bay industrial assets, while Progressive Energy will lead and coordinate the capture and hydrogen aspects of the project on behalf of Hynet North West, thereby linking together the sources of CO2 emissions to Eni’s transportation and storage infrastructure. 

The project will have real positive effects on local communities by creating new job opportunities and supporting the region's economic development, as well as charting a concrete path towards the energy transition and the decarbonization of business activities. 

The funds allocated for this project are part of the broader £12 billion investment plan envisaged in the Ten Point Plan presented in November 2020 by the UK Government with the aim of leading the UK towards the energy transition and promoting the Green Industrial Revolution. In addition to CCS, the plan is also aimed at promoting other technologies such as offshore wind power, blue and green hydrogen, nuclear power, electric mobility and energy efficiency in homes.

Furthermore, in June 2021 Eni UK and Uniper signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate decarbonization initiatives in North Wales. The collaboration is in line with the UK Government's ten-point plan for the energy transition and is aimed at investigating the technical and commercial feasibility of low carbon projects in the region.  

The Bacton Thames Net Zero initiative for the development of a CCS project

In September 2022 Eni UK announced that it submitted through the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) system a Carbon Storage License Application for the Hewett depleted gas field on the Southern North Sea for the development of a CCS project aimed at decarbonising the Bacton and Thames Estuary area, for a permanent and safe CO2 storage with a total capacity of about 330 million tonnes. The CCS project will allow to avoid a significant volume of CO2 to the atmosphere, equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions of over 3 million homes or over 6 million cars per year. In addition, in November 2022 Eni UK announced the launch of the Bacton Thames Net Zero initiative with the aim to decarbonise and to unlock new greener growth opportunities for the automotive, ceramics, food, materials, energy and waste disposal sectors in the UK South East, supporting materially the UK’s decarbonisation strategy, which targets capturing 20-30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year across the UK by 2030Eni UK will play a pivotal role in this industry-led initiative by transporting and storing CO2 in its Hewett depleted gas field, that could be operational as early as 2027. Eni UK will provide further added value to this initiative by leveraging on the ongoing technical and commercial experience gained from Liverpool Bay CCS and the wider HyNet North West, as an existing CO2 appraisal and storage license holder.


HyNet North West for decarbonization

This integrated project will develop the first carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure in the UK.


We entered the UK offshore wind market for electricity production

In November 2021 we strengthened our presence in the UK offshore wind market by entering into an agreement with Equinor and SSE Renewables to acquire a 20% stake of the 1.2GW Dogger Bank C project. Dogger Bank C is the third phase of the world largest offshore wind farm currently under construction. In December 2020, we entered the UK offshore wind market for electricity production through the acquisition of a 20% stake from Equinor and SSE Renewables of the Dogger Bank (A and B) project. The plan involves the installation of 190 state-of-the-art turbines situated approximately 80 miles from the north east coast of England. Each turbine has a capacity of 13 MW for a total capacity of 2.4 GW. At full capacity, Dogger Bank will be the world’s largest project of its kind, generating around 5% of UK demand for renewable electricity and supplying energy to approximately 6 million British homes. The construction of the Dogger Bank (A and B) will take place in two stages, with the first to be completed by 2023 and the second by 2024. By joining the Dogger Bank project (A and B), we will be able to contribute 480 MW of green energy to the renewable installed capacity target of 5 GW in 2025 and benefit from possible synergies with retail business.

In July 2021 Scottish offshore wind developer, Red Rock Power Limited and Eni, the Italian energy company, have formed a new 50/50 partnership as they prepare to make a joint bid with the support of transmission company, Transmission Investment in the forthcoming ScotWind offshore leasing round. We are also supported together by Transmission Investment, a company operating in the electricity transmission sector in the UK. The companies will also consider future renewable opportunities in Scotland and combine their wind farm development and offshore expertise, harnessing a common desire to support the net zero transition. The partnership’s future offshore wind projects in particular would prioritise maximising opportunities for local supply chain growth, the development and deployment of new technologies, and contributing to the decarbonisation of the North Sea and the transfer of skills this will generate.

Offshore drilling and work-over

In November 2021, Eni submitted to the UK authority of Oil & Gas (OGA) in the Country a request to award a new license for possible realization of a CO2 storage project in Eni’s exhausted offshore fields in the Hewett license, where production ended in 2020, to future develop the Bacton area as an hydrogen production hub. In 2021 Eni announced exiting the Net Zero Teesside (Eni’s interest 20%) and the North Endurance Partnership (Eni’s interest 16.7%) projects where development activities are ongoing with other oil and gas partners in the area. In July 2021, we finalized the acquisition of 100% interest in the Conwy production field located in the Liverpool Bay area, near existing production facilities. This acquisition currently increases the production in the Country by leveraging on the operational synergies while in the next years during the abandonment phase this asset could be included in possible transitions to CO2 storage projects. In January 2021 we announced the successful award of a new Production Licence, resulting from an application made in the 32nd UK Offshore Licensing Round. The Licence, named P2511, covers an area of approximately 340 square kilometres and is located approximately 250 km offshore UK in the Northern North Sea. It is situated near the UK/Norwegian border where several significant discoveries were recently made. The Licence has an Initial Exploration Term of six years. Eni UK will assume the role of operator with a 100% participating interest. We work on concession contracts in the Irish Sea and the North Sea off England. We are an operator with shares in four production areas, among them Liverpool Bay (100%) and Hewett Area (89.3%). The other main fields are Elgin/Franklin (21.87%), Glenelg (8%), J-Block and Jasmine (33%) and Jade (7%). Development activities mainly concerned Elgin/Franklin and Joanne and Jasmine fields with the drilling of four new wells in production. We hold interest in 15 exploration licenses, 12 of which are operated, with interest ranging from 9% to 100%.

Our activities in the gas sector

Eni, through its subsidiary EGEM (Eni Global Energy Market) is engaged in marketing activities in the United Kingdom. This subsidiary markets the equity gas produced at Eni’s fields in the North Sea and operates in the main North European natural gas hubs (NBP, Zeebrugge, TTF). In 2022, sales amounted to 1.92 bcm, down by 0.73 bcm or 27.5% compared to 2021 due to lower volumes sold to the industrial customers and to hub.

Eni Global Energy Markets (EGEM)

Starting from 1st January 2021 EGEM acts in the international trading of gas, power, CO₂ (as a single interface between Eni and the markets), LNG and Oil derivatives. It is a global, integrated approach designed to make the most of Eni’s network of contacts and wide asset portfolio. 

Eni Trade & Biofuels

In keeping with Eni’s overall strategy in respect of the global energy transition, starting from January 1, 2021, Eni Trade & Biofuels SpA (ETB), fully owned by Eni SpA, is the sole entity responsible for the international trading of crude oil, petroleum products, bio-fuels and related financial derivatives for the Eni group.

We create energy

In the country, in the Exploration & Production, Refining & Marketing and Chimica and Plenitude & Power sectors in which we work, we are committed to innovating the energy sector by lowering our carbon footprint and protecting the environment around Liverpool Bay, an area of the UK where we have various production sites. 

HyNet North West: CO₂ storage

The one currently under development in Liverpool Bay is the first low GHG emissions industrial cluster in the world and Eni is involved in CCS activities.


Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Liverpool Bay: preserving biodiversity in the United Kingdom

Since 1995 we have been involved in many initiatives to protect the natural environment and biodiversity around our operations in North Wales.


Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

UK Fact Sheet 2021

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