Overview

Norway sustainability
We aim to create value and opportunities in the countries in which we work: our sustainability projects are implemented in harmony with local development plans through social activities aimed at improving the living conditions of communities. In Norway Eni has adopted an Indigenous People Policy to protect the Sami people and local fishing communities. Eni has also developed a local content strategy that allows local companies and suppliers to participate in business activities. With regard to the protection of biodiversity, we have mapped the country’s protected areas of and species at risk, and are committed to a 20% increase by 2017 in the protection of endangered ecosystems.

Socio-economic development

Our plan to engage the local populations of Norway foresees the sharing of technical solutions for the realisation of projects, through meetings and discussions with organisations and citizens, and a web site with up to date information about our activities in the country. We have adopted an Indigenous People Policy for Eni’s operations in the country in order to enhance of the culture and traditions of the Sami people. In this context, in 2015 Eni organised meetings and information activities to contribute to the creation of a sports club for the Sami people of Sirma, on the border with Finland, the only meeting place reserved for the indigenous community. Collaboration with the indigenous people and local fishing communities was strengthened, creating virtuous social and economic cycles at local, regional and national levels. The action plan also foresees the involvement of the media and stakeholders to ensure an adequate flow of information. The strategy for the development of local content adopted by Eni in Norway foresees the distribution of contracts for the operation and maintenance by smaller operators, with the aim of encouraging the participation of small and medium-sized Norwegian companies in tenders. Eni promotes the involvement of local companies thanks to a regional coordinating body, based in Hammerfest, industrial cooperation with regional suppliers and the enhancement of local skills through programmes to support relocation of operations in the regions. With the “Industrial Class” apprenticeship programme, Eni has placed 48 apprentices with suppliers of the Goliat project. In addition, the partnership with the “Petro Arctic” network has made it possible to promote dissemination and training activities at local suppliers and subcontractors. In 2015 the procurement of local goods and services by Eni Norge reached 87%, increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized Norwegian companies to participate in tenders.

Education

In the education field, Eni Norge encourages the spread of information about the numerous activities organised locally, including:
  • oil spill training courses held by the colleges of Lofoten and Vesteraalen designed to sensitise students on environmental issues in the coastal area of the north of Norway
  • activities organised by the Sandnes Science Centre to encourage, through thematic workshops, IQ tests and visits to the planetarium, the teaching of scientific knowledge and exchange between students and the local population
  • the Norwegian Science Week and Skadi Xtreme, sporting and gastronomic events that enhance the local culture, and, finally, exhibitions on the Oil & Gas sector curated by the Norwegian Oil Museum in Stavanger, in particular commemorating 50 years of the oil industry (1965-2015).
In 2015, Eni Norge organised a seminar on the opportunities offered by the Barents Sea as part of the “Varangerfestival”, a music and meetings festival in the town of Finnmark. The seminar involved 27 participants and encouraged cultural exchange with local stakeholders. During the “Varangerfestival”, Eni Norge also created “Eni Arctic Talent”, a project that provides support to local artists in their professional development and career. Elle Marja Eira, a local artist who won an award at the event, took part in the 2015 Eni Norge Jubilee Dinner for the employees from Stavanger and was invited to the Barents Sea Conference in 2016. In the cultural area, Eni’s activities in Norway provide support for the Artic Cultural Centre and the Cultural School of the city of Hammerfest. In 2015 an “Italian Week” was held, a week of activities for children, featuring concerts and religious songs, film screenings, wine tastings and readings that presented Italy in a good light.
The cultural activities organised by Eni in Norway also feature numerous local cultural events, including:
  • the “Deep Sea Angling Competition”, an event on fishery issues organised by the city of Hasvik that attracts a wide audience, both local and from other areas of the country
  • the “Insomnia Festival”, the country’s largest music and cultural festivals and place to meet and exchange ideas with local stakeholders
  • the “North Cape Film Festival”, Honningsvag (North Cape), an international festival of cinema.
Eni Norge, the Norwegian State and Hammerfest Energy (owner of a regional power grid) are the promoters promote the Energy House, a building that houses a permanent science exhibition, first opened in October 2010, which is now an important interactive cultural centre in Hammerfest. The aim of the exhibition and training courses, organised by the city of Hammerfest with Eni Norge, is to get young people interested in the study of scientific disciplines and inform them about natural gas extraction activities and alternative energy sources. The workshops, organised in the “Newton” room (http://newton.no/) are an opportunity for young people to learn about science while having fun. In 2015 about 1400 children between the ages of 11 and 15 (accompanied by 100 adults) participated in the Energy Day, a day of activities, games and competitions and bringing younger people closer to energy issues.

Environment

Goliat was developed with the largest and most sophisticated cylindrical floating production and storage unit FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading Unit) in the world, built with the most advanced technologies to address the technical and environmental challenges linked to operations in an Arctic environment and with a capacity of 1 million barrels of oil. Eni Norge AS, operator of the Goliat licence PL229/229B and its partner Statoil, selected the best option following a design competition aimed at compliance with the stringent requirements related to offshore installations and onshore projects. The approved project consists of a circular structure with a production facility, oil storage capacity and accommodation, where the water used is re-injected into the tank and the oil produced is temporarily collected in the structure before being transported to market on tankers.
The winning innovative approach of Goliat can also be seen from the energy supply process: Goliath uses energy sourced from a land-based power supply by means of an underwater power cable, combined with energy generated on board the plant. The electrification of Goliat was selected in the interests of safety, the environment and operations, and reducing CO2 emissions by 50%. The objective of Eni Norge is to keep CO2 emissions to a minimum and this formed the basis for the proposal to use the land-based electricity to power the Goliat platform: the Norwegian parliament ratified the plans and approved the development of the field in the summer of 2009. Following an improvement of the power supply network in the Hammerfest area, sufficient electricity is now produced for everyone. The development of the Goliat field has also led to a significant improvement in the equipment along the coast of Finnmark for emergencies concerning preventive measures, exploration and oil spill recovery activities. The oil spill contingency system has been adapted specifically for the coast of Finnmark and, for the first time, the fleet of local fishing boats plays a key role. This is the result of many years of collaboration between Eni Norge, the Fishermen’s Association in Northern Norway, Statoil and the NOFO (Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies).

With regard to the protection of biodiversity, the projects implemented in Norway in Arctic coastal areas include the BioSea and Arctic Sea Biodiversity projects. Meanwhile, the applied research project Arctic Sea Biodiversity was developed to address certain aspects of marine biodiversity in potentially sensitive areas of the Arctic Circle. Finally in 2012, Eni contributed to environmental protection by supporting the activities of the Bird Watching Centre, a local organisation.

Transparency

Norway was the first OECD country to implement EITI criteria, under the guidance of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Eni Norway was a member of the EITI Multi Stakeholder Group and took part in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Currently, the company participates indirectly through the Norwegian Oil & Gas Legal Committee. In 2015, one meeting of the local MSG was held.
Eni Norway contributed to the preparation of the EITI Report based on 2013 data, and published in late 2014. The next one is scheduled for the end of 2016

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Eni’s activities in Norway

Eni’s activities in Norway are mainly focused in the Exploration & Production sector.

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