We have been operating in the United Kingdom since 1964, with holdings in five production sites. These include Liverpool Bay, where we have established an operating model that respects the local environment and creates value for everyone. Our Land Management Programme, which commenced in 1995, has had a significant impact. It has included stabilising the sand dunes, the reintroduction and maintenance of a population of natterjack toads and using Welsh mountain ponies to manage the habitat and control the height of the grass cover in a sustainable way. We have also run a three-year programme to reintroduce the sand lizard and have created environmentally friendly areas that balance the needs of conservation with visitors’ enjoyment of the local beaches. Our Point of Ayr Land Management Programme looks after 182 hectares of dunes, farmland and salt marshes around Point of Ayr, Flintshire, while respecting the local natural environment. Started in 1995, it formed part of the original plan for the construction of the Point of Ayr Gas Terminal in North Wales and is regarded as having made a positive contribution to preserving the local environment and landscape. Since 2014, we have been 100 per cent responsible for Liverpool Bay operations and have further improved the habitat, helping to conserve the area while striking a balance with tourism – both important considerations for the coastal town of Talacre.
Funding commitment from UKRI
March: The CO₂ storage project received £33 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), through its (IDC fund.
May: signed a framework agreement to further accelerate carbon capture and storage (CCS).
June: Eni UK and Uniper signed a MOU for the decarbonisation of the North Wales energy sector.
Licence for CO₂ storage project
In October 2020 the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced that it had granted us a storage appraisal licence for CO₂ storage.
Project to restore the dune habitat
Removal of vegetation and peat to leave clean sand, allowing “pioneer” plants to colonise the dunes and retain winter rainfall.
Reintroduction of Welsh ponies
Welsh mountain ponies are given the run of the dunes on Eni UK land to control the height of grass cover as a habitat management measure.
The initial lifecycle of the production areas is extended.
Eni becomes sole operator
Eni assumes full control of Liverpool Bay assets, becoming sole operator.
Biodiversity, health and safety
Programme to reintroduce the sand lizard. First joint health and safety strategy on Talacre beach.
Opening of coastal paths as part of the All Wales Coastal Path.
Construction of an RSPB bird hide sanctuary in the salt marshes.
Field Study Centre
Inauguration of a Field Study Centre. Work on the Talacre Masterplan begins. Opening of a cycle track and coastal paths. Dunes and estuaries listed as areas of special interest.
Talacre Community Centre
Completion of the Talacre Community Centre, built on land donated by LBA with financial assistance from the Board of Trustees.
Inauguration of DangerPoint
New purpose of Liverpool Bay Visitor Centre was established and DangerPoint opened, inaugurated by Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister of Wales at the time.
Data for birds spotted on the Warren and Llawndy farms is used to help establish the Dee Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Oil at Douglas and Lennox
First oil ashore from the Douglas and Lennox fields.
Gas at Hamilton North and programme
First gas field. Start of the local conservation programme. The natterjack toad is reintroduced to the dunes. Development of the Liverpool Bay Visitor Centre.
Co-operation with the community
Public consultations. The Secretary of State for Wales grants planning permission.
First discoveries of oil and gas.
Start of prospecting activities
We begin exploration in the area.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme with 17 goals aimed at the social and economic development of communities and regions. As part of the Liverpool Bay project, we helped to make human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable SDG 11, and worked to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15).
Biodiversity before all else: gallery
The project has been going on for 13 years, and has seen us help protect the natural environment in Liverpool Bay. In collaboration with various local associations, we have carved out cycle paths and nature trails and launched a range of programmes for reintegrating amphibians, birds and mammals into the area.
Workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety. In 2005, we set up DangerPoint, an interactive educational visitors’ centre focused on safety and preventing accidents aimed at schools and other organised groups. It features realistic urban scenarios with streets, pedestrian crossings, cars, railways, houses and shops, and is designed to give children and adults practical, interactive training, with courses tailored to different age groups.
Impact on the environment and local communities
In 2008, the Talacre Masterplan – a sustainable regeneration project – helped reduce traffic congestion in and around the town, much to the satisfaction of local residents. This small Welsh town attracts large numbers of visitors in the summer because it has the only beach in the county. It is also the first beach that visitors come across when entering Wales via the North Wales coastal route. In 2014, we developed a car park that has helped improve the habitat, reduce traffic congestion and increase revenues for local businesses. Meanwhile, our Environmental Educational Programme creates educational materials for local schools every year, allowing us to work with the community to help safeguard the local habitat and train students to understand the future needs of the area. Eni’s Field Study Centre was established specifically for this and delivers environmental education courses to young people for four weeks a year. Finally, Big Dee Day was originally designed to clean up the River Dee estuary, removing rubbish accumulated over many years of industrial use. Now the project has evolved to include the history of the river so students and volunteers can teach others about its important role and ensure that it remains a popular tourist destination while remaining sensitive to its environmental features.
The value of experience
The environmental principles behind the Liverpool Bay project are applicable to projects planned for other environmentally sensitive coastal areas, in particular those featuring large-scale industrial development.
In carrying out this project, we have worked with many partners including Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Flintshire County Council. We have also developed beneficial relationships with such organisations as the North Wales Wildlife Trust, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and Keep Wales Tidy.
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