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Gela: the laboratory of the future

An integrated project in an important territory for our history.

The Gela project

The project under way in Gela comprises:

  • converting the traditional refinery into a biorefinery
  • construction of the first Waste to Fuel pilot plant
  • installing solar panels 
  • environmental remediation and regeneration for new production activities
  • measures to support the territory: projects involving local schools, the MacchitellaLAB project and other initiatives
  • Upstream activities: exploration and development of the Argo-Cassiopea project for planned start-up in 2021
  • building a Safety Competence Centre and Safety Training Centre

All the petrochemical plants built in Gela since 1962 have closed down. The biorefinery, one of the most innovative plants in Europe, has been in operation since August 2019. The plant has a processing capacity of up to 750,000 tonnes a year and will be able to treat larger and larger quantities of used vegetable oil, animal fat, algae and by-products to produce high-quality biofuels.

It all began on 6 November 2014, when the Ministry of Economic Development, the Region of Sicily, the Municipality of Gela, the trade unions, Confindustria Centro Sicilia and Eni, together with its subsidiaries in the area (EniMed, Gela Refinery, Eni Rewind and Versalis), signed a Protocol for a new development plan and the relaunch of economic and industrial activity, amounting to a maximum financial commitment of €2.2 billion. To date, over €1.275 billion have been invested in the territory through environmentally, socially and economically sustainable investments aimed at developing the concept of circular economy, going beyond the objectives set by the 2014 Protocol in terms of the employment of direct personnel and the local supply chain. We operate the following activities in Gela, in addition to the Safety Competence Center and the Safety Training Center:

EniMed onshore and offshore

Our upstream operations are conducted by Eni Mediterranea Idrocarburi SpA (EniMed). Gela has three oil collection centres and its operations also include the oil centre in Ragusa and the gas facilities in Bronte, Gagliano Castelferrato and Mazara del Vallo.

Gela biorefinery

The biorefinery in Gela was launched in August 2019. The BTU plant for the treatment of biomass is currently being built and will be able to treat larger and larger quantities of second and third-generation raw materials to produce high-quality biofuels as of 2021. The launch of the Gela plant is a further step along the path to decarbonizing our activities.

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Eni Rewind: environmental remediation, waste management and the development of W2F

Eni Rewind is Eni's competence centre for environmental remediation and waste management activities. It has so far spent € 170 million in Gela on the demolition of decommissioned plants and on monitoring, safety and security and the reclamation of aquifers and land. The company is also involved in the development of plants for processing organic urban waste, which, through the application of Eni’s proprietary Waste to Fuel technology, will produce bio-oil and biomethane, as well as recovering water for industrial purposes. The pilot plant built to test the technology in the field has been in operation in Gela since December 2018.