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Chemicals and the development of the elastomer sector in Ravenna

We produce the raw material to be transformed into tyres, technical products and paper.

Innovation and respect for the area

At our industrial site in Ravenna we produce elastomers, the raw material for applications such as tyres, technical items and paper. We are implementing a portfolio of renewal activities at the plants with new degrees of greater added value and improved environmental sustainability. In particular, we are completely renewing the product range for high performance and energy saving tyres, guaranteeing improved performance in the transformation and end use stages. Furthermore, we are optimising new grades of thermoplastic rubbers, with innovative technology, for high value-added applications in the fields of lubricating oil modification. Finally, Ravenna is integrated with the other production sites in the Paduan area and is home to a Research Center specialising in the development of elastomers and engaged in various innovative projects, including new functional elastomers.

In March 2021 through Versalis, Eni's chemical company in the production and marketing of elastomers, have signed a joint development agreement for the researchproduction and supply of synthetic rubber with advanced properties with Bridgestone EMIA, a leader in advanced mobility solutions. The Research and Development divisions of the two organizations will collaborate, using an Open Innovation model, to develop technologies and new elastomer grades, including Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), for the production of high-performance tyres. Versalis will leverage the expertise of its Research Center at Ravenna and Ferrara, while Bridgestone will use its Technical Center Europe near Rome.

Oxygenates

In the Refining & Marketing and Chemistry sector, specifically the availability of oxygenates, about 75% of these in 2020 are produced in Eni’s plants in Saudi Arabia (in joint venture with SABIC), Italy (Ravenna) and Venezuela (in joint venture with Pequiven) and the remaining 25% is purchased.

2021 Eni local sustainability Report for Ravenna

Every year, we publish a complete report on the activities carried out by Eni’s companies within the Ravenna multi-company site to highlight the contribution to the path towards Just Transition undertaken by Eni, towards to local development, to protect and enhance the territory, to improve the quality of life of its residents. Over the last years, our just transition path brought the Ravenna industrial hub at the heart of Eni’s decarbonisation and circular economy strategies, with initiatives being implemented or recently launched, such as the COcapture and storage project, Ponticelle’s redevelopment, and the research projects on latest-generation elastomers. In 2021, despite the context characterized by the ongoing emergency status due to the pandemic, we designed and implemented the main innovation and development interventions.

The document forms part of Eni’s sustainability reporting, which also includes the 2021 Consolidated Disclosure of Non-Financial Information (NFI), drafted in accordance with Legislative Decree 254/2016, and Eni’s 2021 Sustainability Report. These can be consulted for further information.

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