Asset integrity is central to our business. All Eni’s subsidiaries throughout the world comply with Company Standards, national legislation and applicable international standards in all their operations, and always apply serious preventive measures to contain incidents.
Over the past years, NAOC JV facilities (wells, flowlines and pipelines approximately covering 3.000 km) have been a target of criminal groups and militants with access to the area and knowledge of the territory, engaged in illegal activities resulting in significant losses. The company has developed an integrated strategy to prevent, reduce, contain and remediate these events and their impact.
Eni’s strategy for reducing operational oil spills and oil theft involves joint action across all the possible intervention plans, from the administrative to the technical prevention aspects, control initiatives, quality and speed of intervention, and also participation in several international initiatives.
In particular, Eni experiments with, and applies, techniques that allow for the early detection of leaks, damage or effractive activities near or on oil pipelines, thereby reducing response times and related spills. In this regard, in 2018, Eni completed the installation of the e-vpms® (Eni Vibroacustic Pipeline Monitoring System - proprietary patent) and SSPS (Safety Security Pipeline System) tools on pipelines in Nigeria.
Other initiatives to prevent and manage spills include:
Compared to previous years, in 2020 we have observed a significant decrease in the number of spills due to sabotage, presumably due to the declining social tensions after the 2019 election period and an increased surveillance (around -22%). The total number cases of the 2016 Vs 2020 is decreased (around -21%). In order to achieve ZERO operational spills, NAOC JV has a robust asset integrity plans for the next years in order to progressively replace the most damages sections of pipelines.