The enhancement natural gas
Supporting countries in the reduction of gas flaring
Since the early 2000s, Eni has adopted policies and targets for the reduction of flaring in all fields operated and has promoted, with the governments of host countries, the construction of energy infrastructure for enhancing the value of associated gas, to provide access to energy and reduce CO2 emissions with the adoption of cutting-edge technologies.
Strategy and results
In 2007 Eni launched a programme for the progressive reduction of gas sent to flaring, through its enhancement for the production of electricity to the benefit of local populations, for domestic consumption and for export. When this was not possible, Eni created facilities in field for the re-injection of excess natural gas. The goal is to achieve zero flaring by 2025. The company also adheres to the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) initiative promoted by the World Bank and in this context has committed to achieving zero process flaring by 2030 . Thanks to the commitment shown on this issue, in 2015 the World Bank awarded the M’Boundi flaring down project in the Congo. Over the next four years, thanks to new investments in addition to the more than $2 billion invested since 2007, Eni foresees a further reduction of 25% of the daily volume of gas sent to flaring compared with 2015, which will be added to the reduction by over 175% of the volume of gas sent to flaring in the period 2007-2015. Particularly worth the investment of an additional 400 million euro for the plan period. Moreover, since 2010, Eni has no longer carried out process flaring at its new development projects.
Flaring down in Congo, the M’Boundi Project
In March 2014 the flaring down project at the onshore M’Boundi field in Congo came to an end, which enabled the enhancement of extracted associated gas, otherwise sent to flaring. The project involved the installation of two compression trains in order to send most of the gas to the CEC (Centrale Electrique du Congo) power plant and the injection of excess gas into the field. In this way 100% of the gas that was previously sent to flaring is now enhanced, in compliance with local regulations and Eni’s commitment to the elimination of the practice of process flaring. The total investment of the project was approximately $300 million.