Eni has converted its refinery in Porto Marghera, Venice, to the production of high quality bio-fuel from vegetable oil and biomass.
From oil to biomass
Eni has breathed new life into the refinery in Porto Marghera, converting it to the production of green fuel.
Biofuel from vegetable oil
Eni’s biorefinery project in Venice’s industrial area, is the world’s first example of conversion of a conventional refinery into a biorefinery, able to transform organic raw materials into high-quality biofuels. The plant produces green diesel, green naphtha, LPG and potentially also jet fuel. It is currently mainly fed by vegetable oil (certified for its sustainability according to European standards), and up to a 15% by used and purified used cooking oil (UCOs). The plant can also process animal fats, non-edible oils and residues coming from plastic production.
A new life for the refinery
The conversion to a biorefinery gave new life to the plant and guaranteed employment through innovation. Reusing an existing structure instead of building a new one offered considerable savings, with a marked reduction in emissions.
By 2021, Eni’s Venice biorefinery will be able to process as much as 560,000 tons of feedstocks per year, using increasingly used cooking oils, vegetable oils and animal fats. The Gela bio-refinery will also soon be completed, with a processing capacity of around 750,000 tons of vegetable oil per year and annual production of 600,000 tons of green-diesel.