Our commitment to the development and maintenance of gas assets has resulted in a major investment plan for the Central Northern District (DICS) of Ravenna. The plan has seen over 1.1 billion euros invested over the last three years. In the next few years an offshore decommissioning plan will also begin. This involves taking down an initial batch of nine offshore facilities. The plan should begin in 2023 or 2024. Upstream activities are in step with the local community, having reached common ground over environmental, economic and social sustainability. Emilia Romagna is a good example of the coexistence of tourism, agriculture and Oil & Gas activities. With a long history of E&P in the area, Italy’s ‘Food Valley’ has developed exceptionally high food and agriculture standards alongside its hydrocarbon fields. The coastal strip between Ravenna and Riccione, home to Eni's gas platforms, also boasts numerous Blue Flag beaches.
In the Adriatic Sea, development activities in 2020 mainly concerned maintenance and production optimization at offshore gas fields to recover the residual mineral potential. The decommissioning plan to plug & abandon non-productive wells and remove non-productive platforms progressed in the year in compliance with applicable Italian laws; a total of five offshore platforms are currently in the authorization process to be removed.
In the circular economy initiatives, a program in collaboration with national research institutions was launched to redevelop asset in the decomissioning phase. In particular, activities started up to convert an offshore platform into a marine science park. Within the VIII Agreement with the Municipality of Ravenna,in 2020 activities progressed with:
- environmental protection projects at the coastline areas
- energy efficiency measures
- programs to support employment, including mentoring and training initiatives
- completion of environmental monitoring studies