Eni plans to build a third biorefinery in Italy

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MILAN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Energy group Eni (ENI.MI) is studying the possibility of building a biorefinery at its industrial site in Livorno, central Italy, the company said on Monday.

The feasibility study covers the construction of three new hydrogenated biofuel production plants, including a biogenic raw material pre-treatment unit, an “ecofining” plant dedicated to the transformation of raw materials of biological origin into biofuel and a for the production of hydrogen from methane gas.

The design of the three plants will be completed by 2023 and construction could take place by 2025, Eni said, adding that the biorefinery would occupy an industrial site currently housing fuels and lubricants production facilities.

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The project “would maximize the synergies of the infrastructure already available and secure the site’s future as a hub of employment and production,” Eni said in a statement.

Eni produces 1.1 million tonnes of biofuels per year and aims to increase this share to 2 million by 2025 and 6 million over the next decade.

Its two other biorefineries in Italy are based in Venice and the Sicilian town of Gela.

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Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; edited by Valentina Za

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