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ENI to convert Venice plant into biorefinery for biofuels

March 21, 2013

ENI – Italy’s largest energy producer – is converting its Venice refinery (pictured) into a biorefinery to produce innovative and high quality biofuels.

ENI – Italy’s largest energy producer – is converting its Venice refinery (pictured) into a biorefinery to produce innovative and high quality biofuels.
The project involves an estimated investment of €100M (US$134M) and will be the first time a conventional refinery has been converted to a biorefinery.
It will produce fats and oil-based biodiesel that chemically matches conventional diesel and can be a direct substitute, rather than a specification-limited blend, as with conventional methyl ester-based biodiesel.

Dubbed the ‘Green Refinery’, the process will start with an initial conversion of existing facilities, to be launched in the second quarter of the year, and completed by the end of the year. The process used has been developed jointly with Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit.
The capacity of the plant is expected to be around 400,000 tonnes/year and will be operational in 2014.


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