October 24, 2022 [biofuels international] – Eni has announced plans to build a new biorefinery at its industrial site in Livorno in Italy.
Representatives from the energy company met with the president of Tuscany, Eugenio Giani, and the mayors of Livorno, Luca Salvetti, and Collesalvetti, Adelio Antolini, to confirm the details.
The feasibility study involves building three new plants for the production of hydrogenated biofuel – a biogenic feedstock pre-treatment unit, a 500,000 tonne/year Ecofining™ plant and a plant for the production of hydrogen from methane gas.
The construction of the new biorefinery – located in an industrial area which houses fuel and lubricant production facilities – would maximise synergies from the infrastructure already available and secure the site’s future as an employment and production hub.
Giuseppe Ricci, chief operating Officer of Eni’s Energy Evolution, said: “We are working to reach an important milestone in Eni’s decarbonisation strategy and the path we undertook many years ago, with the transformation of the first refinery in Venice into a bio-refinery back in 2014. The coexistence of bio and traditional plants has been successfully tested with the recent production of Eni Biojet in Livorno, the first Sustainable Aviation Fuel exclusively from waste raw materials, animal fats and used vegetable oils thanks to the synergy with Eni’s bio-refinery in Gela.
Our goal is to increase the availability of decarbonized and sustainable products to our customers and to meet our scope 3 emission reduction targets.”
The president of Tuscany, Eugenio Giani, said: “I wish to express my deep appreciation for Eni’s decision to investigate the conversion of the Livorno refinery into a biorefinery, focusing on a sustainable energy transition both in terms of the environment and the outlet market.”
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