Environmental sustainability initiatives in Val d’Agri

Working with Eni Rewind, we’re engaged in the sustainable management of the water resources used in our production process in Basilicata.

Sustainable management of water used in the production process

Drawing on Eni Rewind’s experience in water treatment, and working in collaboration with Eni’s research laboratories and the planning and operations departments of the Val d’Agri Oil Centre (COVA), we’ve developed a technology known as Blue Water. This involves treating and recovering the water resources used in the Val d’Agri crude-oil extraction process. 

The Mini Blue Water plant has been designed to lessen the environmental impact of COVA operations, reducing the use of water resources by 85 per cent and making COVA self-sufficient where water is concerned. As such, it virtually cancels out the environmental impact of sourcing water from outside the area.

This investment represents a major improvement in terms of environmental sustainability. The Mini Blue Water plant uses the same chemicals and operates in a very similar way as traditional urban and industrial wastewater purification facilities, such as those of the ASI. The only residual waste of this purification process is saline and mud, which is treated and disposed of externally. The purified water is of industrial, demineralised standard – very similar to the distilled water used for domestic purposes.

Within the memorandum agreement with the Basilicata Region including environmental, social and sustainable development programs, in 2020 initiatives progressed with defined activities of the Gas Agreement. Activities include a grant to support the gas consumption in 11 Municipalities of Val d’Agri and for energy efficiency programs.

The CASF project, the agricultural experimentation and training centre

We have created a hub for the economic promotion, innovation and development of the agri-food sector in Basilicata. The project was developed on an area of about 25 hectares of land adjacent to Cova. It includes several macro activities, including agricultural experimentation, using technologically innovative processes on different crops, technical assistance to local companies in the agri-food sector, the provision of training and vocational activities to farmers, the organisation of educational events for citizens, the development of agricultural innovation projects, in partnership with local stakeholders and using specific funds. Fully funded by Eni, with an economic commitment of approximately 3.5 million euros over the 2019-2023 period, the project is expected to generate a cumulative employment impact (direct and indirect) of over 100 people and a cumulative economic impact for related industries estimated at over €7 million. The carbon dioxide absorption generated by the project is calculated to be around 50 tonnes per year.