Italian oil major Eni has announced its plans to convert the Livorno facility into a biorefinery by 2026. The move comes as a response to the increasing demand for biofuels in Europe's transport sector. Eni aims to meet this demand by expanding its bio-refining capacity and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Facility Upgrades and Expansion
Eni's Livorno biorefinery transformation will involve the installation of a biogenic feedstock pre-treatment unit and a hydrogen production facility powered by methane gas. This follows the successful conversion of the Venice refinery into a biorefinery in 2014 and the subsequent transformation of the Gela biorefinery in 2019. Eni plans to expand the capacity of the Venice biorefinery to 600,000 metric tons per year by 2024.
Sustainable Biofuels Production
To ensure sustainable biofuel production, Eni will process biogenic feedstocks, such as vegetable waste and residue, at its biorefineries. This process will result in the production of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) diesel, HVO naphtha, and bioLPG. By utilizing these renewable resources, Eni aims to contribute to reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector.
Eni's Long-Term Goals
Eni is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and as part of its strategy, the company plans to increase its bio-refining capacity to over 5 million metric tons per year by 2030. This ambitious goal showcases Eni's dedication to sustainable energy solutions and its drive to play a leading role in Europe's transition towards a greener future.