Bio-refineries

Through its Bio-refineries Project, Eni has reconfigured the refineries in Venice and Gela by identifying innovative solutions using “green” cycles that are both environmentally and economically sustainable. In particular, a business model has been developed that, through the upgrading of existing plants and Eni proprietary technologies, facilitates the conversion of unconventional and low-cost biological raw materials, such as vegetable oils and spent cooking oil, into high added value finished products (e.g. green diesel, green LPG, green naphtha).

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Porto Marghera

Eni’s biorefinery project at Porto Marghera is the first example in the world of the conversion of a conventional refinery into biorefinery capable of transforming raw materials of biological origin into high quality biofuels. It is currently fuelled by palm oil, but in the future it is also expected to use biomass. Thanks to Eni's EcofiningTM technology, the Venice biorefinery has been producing Green Diesel since May 2014, the component that has enables the company to market the new Eni Diesel+. Moreover, Porto Marghera has also begun the development of a large chemicals-from-renewables platform thanks to the partnership between Versalis and the American company Elevance Renewable Sciences. In the new plants chemical intermediates, used in oil drilling and as detergents and biolubricants, will be synthesised starting from vegetable oils.

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Gela

On 6 November 2014, Eni signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry of Economic Development with trade unions, institutions and Confindustria, for the conversion of the site into a bio-refinery, based on the model adopted in Venice, and the creation a logistics hub. In August 2017 VIA/AIA authorisation by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Seas and Territory and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage marks an important stage in the completion of the project, which is expected by 2018.

Plants

  • Porto Marghera Biorefinery

    This first plant, in Porto Marghera, involved investment costs that were 80% lower than the construction of a new biorefinery, and enabling the redevelopment of an existing industrial site. The site is integrated with the local area and its reconversion has the full support of local economic players as it facilitated the maintenance of employment levels, at a level only slightly lower than before the crisis. The Venice biorefinery is certified according to the 2BSvs standard.

Technologies

  • Ecofining™

    Developed by Eni and tested in its laboratories, it allows the production of high-quality sustainable biofuels, while reducing particulate emissions and improving engine efficiency, in line with current legislation and European directives. Eni’s innovative Ecofining™ technology has been applied to the catalytic hydrodesulphurisation section of the refinery in Venice where, since 2014, Eni has been manufacturing its new Eni Diesel +, the fuel with the largest organic and renewable component (15%), the use of which has demonstrated a significant reduction in pollutant emissions.

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Press releases

Second and third generation of Biofuel

Eni will produce for the first time in the Porto Marghera refinery green bio‐fuel from vegetable oil and biomass and therefore lowering the CO2 emission compared to conventional fuels.

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How Eni green diesel was born

RP Siegel looks at the joint development of the Ecofining process that Honeywell UOP's Renewable Energy and Chemicals business has undertaken in conjunction with ENI. The process was just recognized with the 2015 Platts Industry Leader Award for Biofuels. Author explains how ENI made the decision to revamp its ...

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How ecofining and Eni green diesel were born

RP Siegel looks at the joint development of the Ecofining process that Honeywell UOP's Renewable Energy and Chemicals business has undertaken in conjunction with ENI. The process was just recognized with the 2015 Platts Industry Leader Award for Biofuels. Author explains how ENI made the decision to revamp its ...

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The stories of Lucio and Andrea – #Transformation: the biorefinery in Venice | Eni Video Channel

Lucio and Andrea begin to recount the first chapter of a #Transformation. Come with us and hear the story of the Venice biorefinery.

Biorefineries: green transformation projects

biorefinery, transforming organic raw materials into high-quality biofuels. It is home to the Ecofining project, which has enabled mass production of the new Eni Diesel+ fuel. At 15 per cent, this contains the [...] into a biorefinery: a world first The Venice biorefinery is the technological heart of the Ecofining project ...

27 June 2018 eni.com Section: operations

Development of green investments

innovative technological solutions that are currently being studied. Concentrated solar power (CSP) A project for the development of innovative Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) solutions that can reduce investment [...] concentration are just some of the applications of our research in the renewable energy sector. Green refinery, biofuels and sustainable mobility In ...

6 July 2018 eni.com Section: Sustainability

Eni Award 2014 Edition

integrity and 4D environmental monitoring - Clean Sea Project Giacomo Rispoli, Claudia Prati, Andrea Amoroso, Pierluigi Bozza, Orlando Zara Green Refinery Project: conversion of the petroleum Venice Refinery into

5 October 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia

Eni’s activities in Italy

converted the former refinery in Venice in a green refinery (the first example in the world of transformation in biorefinery) and initiated the green project conversion in the industrial site of the former [...] August 2017 the project obtained the environmental impact assessment and authorization (VIA/AIA) by the Italian Ministry ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: enipedia

Climate change and new forms of energy

resilient to a low-carbon scenario Green business Industrial-scale development of renewable sources Green refinery: primary producer of green diesel in Europe Green chemistry: new bio-based product platform Research

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: Sustainability

Statement on Decarbonisation Strategies for the 2016 AGM

production of environmentally friendly biofuels. We will also pursue the transformation of Gela into a green refinery and launch a series of green chemistry projects at Porto Torres and Porto Marghera. Implementation [...] operates in the remediation sector and owns more than 4,000 hectares of land across Italy. The Italian ...

1 January 2016 eni.com Section: media

Eni’s refining operations both in Italy and abroad

mentioned above. In the full year 2016, volumes of biofuels produced from vegetable oil at the Venice Green Refinery increased by 5% from 2015 . Outside Italy, Eni's refining throughputs were 2.91 mmtonnes, down

3 May 2017 eni.com Section: operations

Business risks

in the reduction of methan emissions into the entire value chain; - Sustainable development of green refinery business and targeted initiatives based on bio-chemistry, as well as business integration with

8 May 2018 eni.com Section: investors

Supply and refining in 2016

mentioned above. In the full year 2016, volumes of biofuels produced from vegetable oil at the Venice Green Refinery increased by 5% from 2015 . Outside Italy, Eni's refining throughputs were 2.91 mmtonnes, down

9 August 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia

Refining and marketing: performance and investments

refining throughputs were down by 4.5%. In 2016 biofuels produced from vegetable oil at the Venice Green Refinery amounted to 0.21 mmtonnes, up by 5% compared to a year earlier. Retail sales in Italy were 5.

3 May 2017 eni.com Section: operations

Refining & Marketing: 2016 performance and capital expenditure

refining throughputs were down by 4.5%. in 2016 biofuels produced from vegetable oil at the Venice Green Refinery amounted to 0.21 mmtonnes, up by 5% compared to a year earlier . retail sales in Italy were 5.93

13 September 2017 eni.com Section: enipedia

How Eni is cultivating a strain of algae for use in biofuel production

CO 2 separated from the gas and uses solar energy to produce a bio-oil - a raw material for our green refinery. Filomena Castaldo The process comprises a few simple steps: solar concentrators on the facility's

20 October 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

How Eni is cultivating a strain of algae for use in biofuel production

CO 2 separated from the gas and uses solar energy to produce a bio-oil - a raw material for our green refinery. Filomena Castaldo The process comprises a few simple steps: solar concentrators on the facility's

20 October 2017 eni.com Section: Innovation

The OCTP project in Ghana

industrial development. The OCTP project in Ghana The OCTP project in Ghana The OCTP project in Ghana The OCTP project in Ghana The OCTP project in Ghana The OCTP project in Ghana OCTP combines value creation [...] The OCTP project in Ghana Oil and gas, access to energy and economic development ...

13 July 2018 eni.com Section: operations

OCTP Project Benefits

Contacts OCTP Project Benefits Through reliable supply of power, the OCTP Project will contribute significantly to the economic growth of Ghana's in the short-to-medium term. Ghana domestic natural gas [...] service delivery for power continuity against shortages currently being experienced in-country. OCTP Project multiple benefits can be summarized in the ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: media

Ghana: the OCTP project

Contacts Ghana: the OCTP project The Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) is an integrated oil and gas development project being a major contribution to access energy in Ghana. Caption Description OCTP will [...] and where needed most. Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd is the Operator (47.222%) of the Project ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: media

Farm Recovery Project

Distribution of farm inputs and training The project distributed farm inputs of groundnut, sesame and green gram to enhance stable food production. The project also distributed vegetable seeds to 150 households [...] Contacts Food safety in Myanmar: the Farm Recovery Project Eni Myanmar and the NGO AVSI Foundation Myanmar have launched ...

30 September 2016 eni.com Section: media

Eni’s sustainability project in Congo

Eni's sustainability project in Congo Eni's sustainability project in Congo Overview In detail: the initiatives of the integrated Hinda project (PIH) Eni's support in the country for access to energy [...] The Salissa Mwana Project pdf 1 MB The Integrated Hinda Project pdf 1 MB Sustainable development projects ...

12 May 2016 eni.com Section: enipedia

Agreement on the Kashagan project development

Agreement on the Kashagan project development Agreement on the Kashagan project development Overview In detail: the date of the event and a list of speakers the presentation viewable on Slideshare [...] Audiocast speakers: Paolo Scaroni - CEO Stefano Cao - COO E&P Division Agreement on the Kashagan project development Overview

15 January 2008 eni.com Section: enipedia

Our strategy for renewables: the "Progetto Italia" - Project Italy

Contacts Our strategy for renewables: the "Progetto Italia" - Project Italy The project involves the construction of large-scale generating capacity from renewable sources on industrial areas available

12 April 2018 eni.com