Soil and groundwater reclamation and demolitions within our site reclamation project

Brindisi, an industrial history dating back to the 1960s

The Brindisi multi-company petrochemical plant was founded in 1960, with the launch of Montedison’s cracking and chlor-alkali facilities, followed by polyethylene, polypropylene, butadiene, dichloromethane/CVM/PVC and polyurethane intermediate production at a later stage. In the beginning of the 1980s, the plants were gradually transferred to EniChimica, then in charge of the companies belonging to the Anic group. In 1991, after the Enimont operation, all of Montedison residual operations were transferred to Enichem Anic. Eni’s management – which was a public company at the time – ensured the continuity of the site, within the rescue and relaunch of strategic sectors for the Country. Starting from 1999, Enichem (since 2003 Syndial, and today Eni Rewind) has undertaken the reclaiming of the areas inherited from Montedison, and of those that were transferred over the previous decade to Dow, Polimeri Europa (Versalis) and EniPower. The petrochemical area – which spreads over 450 hectares – falls within Brindisi’s Site of National Interest, which also includes the Regional Natural Reserve of Punta della Contessa salt pans.

Our activities in Brindisi

In the Brindisi multi-company site, Eni Rewind manages the environmental remediation of the areas under its ownership, both inside and outside the petrochemical plant, as well as those under a mandate from other companies based at the site. As regards the internal areas, the company has completed the remediation of the former Anic landfills and of the Enclosed South and South-west areas. The planning of a series of operations for contaminated portions of lands are currently underway or in the preliminary investigation phase. The activities in the external areas involve the Micorosa area, the protected oasis and a portion of the macro-area E. The company has also completed the demolition of the industrial warehouse P17, of the fuels facilities, of Enipower’s plants, and of some further unused buildings. For the aquifer, in 2006 a hydraulic barrier system was set-up that sends the water to the treatment plant. Following the approval of the definitive project, the first Multi-Phase Extraction (MPE) modules were installed and, in order to accelerate the groundwater reclamation, a bioremediation technology was implemented.