The feasibility study entails the construction of 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 design of these units is scheduled for completion by 2023, and construction could take place by 2025.
The convenient location of the new biorefinery, in the industrial area that houses the production facility for fuel and lubricants, offers access to the already available infrastructure and secures the site's future as an employment and production hub.
Eni operates two other biorefineries in Italy, not longer dealing with palm oil:
- The biorefinery at Gela was launched in August 2019. The biorefinery can process advanced and unconventional loads at up to 100% of processing capacity, which makes it one of the few biorefineries in the world with such high operating flexibility. Gela also houses a Biomass Treatment Unit (BTU) plant that allows up to 100% of raw material waste to be used for biofuel production.
- The biorefinery at Venice was launched in 2014. It was the first-ever conversion of a conventional mineral oil refinery into a biorefinery. The plant produces hydrogenated vegetable oil with the Ecofining™ technology. In 2018, a purification unit for processing crude instead of pre-treated vegetable oil was built. It helped increase the amount of cooking and vegetable oils and animal fats used. From 2024 onwards, there are additional plans to upgrade the processing capacity of the biorefinery up to 560,000 tonnes per year.
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