Photo: Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi; Source: Eni

Eni and Saipem in push to reduce carbon footprint through new collaboration

Italian oil and gas giant Eni and oilfield services provider Saipem are entering into a collaboration for decarbonization projects in Italy in a push to reduce carbon intensity and achieve CO2 reduction targets.

Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, and Saipem’s CEO, Stefano Cao, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the identification and engineering of decarbonisation initiatives and projects in Italy, Eni and Saipem said in a joint statement on Wednesday,

In particular, Eni and Saipem intend to identify possible opportunities for collaboration in the sector of the carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) of CO2 produced by industrial districts in the Italian territory.

According to the two companies, the objective is to contribute towards the decarbonisation process of entire production chains, particularly those of the highest energy intensity by taking clear steps with immediate action to combat climate change and to achieve CO2 reduction targets at national, European and global level.

Through the MoU, Eni and Saipem will also evaluate participation in programs financed by the European Union as part of the Green Deal Strategy, proposing the possible inclusion of specific initiatives within the plan for the use of funds intended to support the Member States of the ‘European Union in the post-COVID-19 phase (Recovery and Resilience Fund).

Eni emphasized it is committed to responding to the challenge of improving access to reliable and clean energy, counteracting climate change through concrete, rapid and economically sustainable solutions.

Eni’s strategy combines the objectives of continuous development in a rapidly evolving energy market with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.

Saipem is a provider of solutions aimed at enabling the hybridization and decarbonization of energy-intensive production complexes.

It boasts experience and skills in the construction of plants linked to the CO2 chain, with the ability to also act as an integrator of processes and technologies, taking into account the expertise and experience gained in the management of CCUS processes on multiple industrial complexes.

Over the years, Saipem has designed more than 70 plants for the capture of CO2 and over 40 plants for the subsequent transformation into urea.

Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, stated: “Through this strategic agreement, Eni intends to strengthen its leadership in the energy transition process, accelerating the evolution of its business model that combines economic and financial sustainability with environmental sustainability.

“The adoption of technological solutions for decarbonization such as carbon capture, utilization and storage, will be fundamental in the energy transition of the country, and Eni can provide unique skills and expertise in managing production processes and in the fight against climate change”.

Eni has already started its energy transition journey after announcing major overhaul of its business back in June 2020.

The Italian oil major created two business units, one focused on oil and gas called “Natural Resources” and the other focused mainly on renewable energy named “Energy Evolution”.

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Eni has also recently been awarded a CO2 appraisal and storage licence in the UK with plans to reuse and repurpose depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs (the Hamilton, Hamilton North and Lennox fields) and associated infrastructure to permanently store CO2 captured in North West England and North Wales.

Furthermore, Eni is a member of a group of oil majors, which will work to develop offshore CO2 transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea, with BP as the operator.

Saipem’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Cao, commented: “The agreement signed with Eni strengthens Saipem’s role as a leading player in the CO2 capture, transport, reuse and storage sector. We are able to propose concrete solutions to support the process of reducing carbon dioxide emissions of the energy and production chains of the industrial districts in Italy and contribute to the achievement of ambitious national and European objectives.

“These solutions require a high level of specialization, competence and experience in this sector that Saipem has developed over the years and is ready to make available in its contribution to Italy’s sustainable recovery and in supporting the technological and industrial supply chain”.

The present Understanding could be subject to subsequent binding actions that the parties involved will define according to the applicable law, including that which regulates operations among related parties.

Saipem has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with energy infrastructure operator Snam to work together on new energy transition technologies, green hydrogen development, and CO2 capture and reuse.