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Our work in the United States

We have been in the country since 1968, in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and onshore in Texas. We work in the Exploration & Production, Gas & Power and Refining & Marketing & Chemicals sectors.

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Licences, partnerships and agreements

Exploration and production in the United States are regulated by concession contracts. In the Gulf of Mexico we have shares in 62 exploration and development blocks overall, deep and at normal levels offshore, in 26 of which we are operators. The main fields we operate in are Allegheny, Appaloosa (100%), Pegasus (85%), Longhorn, Devils Tower and Triton (75%). Other shares are in Europa (32%), Medusa (25%), Lucius (8.5%), K2 (13.4%), Frontrunner (37.5%), Heidelberg (12.5%) and St. Malo (1.25%). In Texas onshore production is provided essentially by the Alliance area (27.5%, not as an operator), in the Fort Worth basin, which contains non-conventional or shale gas reserves. In Alaska we have shares in 166 exploration and development blocks. In 2018 we got 124 new exploration licences with a share of 100%. The licences are in the Eastern North Slope of the area, which has high mineral potential and lies near existing production facilities. In early 2019 we made an agreement to acquire the remaining 70% of the production field Oooguruk, giving us complete ownership. The main fields currently are Nikaitchuq and Oooguruk, of which we are the 100% operator.

Selling gas and products on the American market

In the United States we work in the market of commodity trading, marketing crude oil, refined products and natural gas through our American subsidiary Eni Trading & Shipping Inc, born in 2008 and based in Houston, Texas. In 2014 we integrated into ETS Inc. the marketing of natural gas previously done by Eni USA Gas Marketing LLC, apart from liquefied natural gas (LNG), marketing for which in North America remains their responsibility.

Lubricants for industry and elastomers

Through Eni USA R&M Co. Inc., also known as Eni USA and set up in 1987 as American Agip, we produce and sell lubricants made in North America, mainly in the Eastern United States and in Texas, but also in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The portfolio of products includes lubricants for both traction and industrial applications. We have a production plant in Cabot, Pennsylvania, for both bulk and packaged products, and a deposit at Jane Lew, West Virginia. Our commercial activity is through both direct sales to final customers and through a network of distributors

In the chemical sector we are represented in the country through the sales network of Versalis Americas, a subsidiary of our chemical company Versalis. Versalis Americas, set up in August 2015 an operative since January 2016, is based in Houston and has commercial responsibility for markets in North and South America. The company works in the elastomer, styrene and polyethylene sectors, but does not deal in dangerous chemicals. It has a range of storage deposits in Texas, Louisiana and Ohio, and 30 to 40 clients in the United States, Canada and Mexico, mainly in the automotive, tyre, glue and sealing sectors. 

Agreement with Falck Renewables to set up solar and wind energy plants

In December 2019 we signed a strategic agreement to create a joint platform between Eni New Energy US Inc. (“ENE US”) and Falck Renewables North America Inc. (“FRNA”) for developing renewable energy projects in the country, for example in solar photovoltaics, onshore wind and storage. The new company is based on joint governance and plans to develop projects totalling at least 1 GW by the end of 2023. Under the terms of the agreement, FRNA will hand over to ENE US 49% of its shares in plants currently operating in the United States. This means an overall portfolio of 112.5 MW, made up of five photovoltaic plants in North Carolina and Massachusetts, one of which, Middleton, in the latter state, has storage for 6.6 MWh of energy. All the facilities will continue to be run, controlled and consolidated by FRNA, which will retain 51%. The operation will let us develop projects from renewable sources within the American market, which is advanced and presents big opportunities for growth. We will operate through a new company that will cover phases of growth, construction and funding of new projects, uniting Falck Renewables' expertise in renewables with our technological and financial assets. Finally, this partnership will help us reach our respective goals in terms of installed capacity and generation of green energy.

In March 2020, the acquisition by Eni of 49% of the Falck Renewables North America (FRNA) portfolio in operation in the USA was finalised (one plant of 92 MW in North Carolina and four plants for a total of 24 MW in Massachusetts).

We create energy

In the Americas we are mainly active in hydrocarbon exploration and production and in the Refining & Marketing and chemicals sector. In 2008 we made an alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, which has more than 100 researchers, professors and postgraduates and done more than 40 projects. Together, and in line with our new mission, we are going down the path to a low-carbon energy model, reliant on cutting-edge skills and technologies that will change our world and way of producing and consuming energy.

Collaboration with MIT and nine other universities

The collaboration will work on a varied portfolio of projects, with a focus on solar energy, capturing and reusing carbon, energy storage, environmental characterisation, exploiting gas, advanced modelling of fields, oil systems and technologies for safety at work. In addition to partnerships with MIT, we have ongoing or activated collaboration with other American universities.

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Exploring the United States

The American economy is expanding greatly and in 2018 joined the OGCI, through three of its leading companies.

America is not only home to big consumers of energy, but also great technological innovators.