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Eni Rovuma Basin (ERB) – part of Italian oil and gas company Eni – has started producing vegetable oil in Mozambique for use as a feedstock in Eni’s biorefineries in Europe.

The initiative was part of Eni’s strategy to contribute to the decarbonisation of transportation, the company said on 21 December.

Eni said the vegetable oil used had been extracted from by-products from local agro-processing factories that had been certified under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC)-European Union (EU) scheme, avoiding land use change and assuring traceability and respect of environment and human rights.

As part of ERB’s plans to develop the project in Mozambique, the company would set up an industrial platform for agri-feedstock production in the country, Eni said.

Involving thousands of local farmers, ERB would support farmers by introducing mechanisation and best practices.

Active in Mozambique since 2006; Eni is the delegated operator of the Coral South project, which was the first to produce gas in Mozambique's Rovuma Basin.

In addition to upstream activities in Mozambique, Eni said it was also committed to the energy transition process towards a low carbon future, with the goal of achieving net carbon neutrality by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2 emissions).

Mozambique played an important role in Eni’s decarbonisation strategy, due to the agri-feedstock programmes, forestry projects and other carbon offset initiatives, the company said.