Italy-headed oil and gas major Eni S.p.A. and compatriot gas infrastructure major Societal Nazionale Metanodotti (Snam) have signed an agreement to jointly develop and manage Phase 1 of the Ravenna Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, through an equal joint venture.
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The agreement also includes the implementation of studies and preparatory activities for the subsequent development phases.
Today it is necessary to join forces in order to reconcile decarbonization goals, energy security, and competitiveness. This agreement represents an example of excellence, leveraging industrial synergies to contribute to the decarbonization of Italy’s production system, commented Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni.
Phase 1 of the Ravenna CCS Project covers the capture of 25 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from Eni’s natural gas treatment plant in Casalborsetti, Ravenna.
Once captured, the CO2 will be piped to the Porto Corsini Mare Ovest platform and injected into the homonymous depleted gas field in Ravenna’s offshore.
Phase 1 of the Ravenna Project will allow reducing emissions from the Casalborsetti power plant, launching in Italy a project based on a mature technological process that is key for the achievement of our climate goals. CCS is complementary to renewables, to energy efficiency solutions, and to the other available levers, and is central to avoiding CO2 emissions from highly energy-intensive sectors that currently have no technological alternatives for decarbonization, said Claudio Descalzi.
The Ravenna CCS project represents a fundamental step to respond to the decarbonization needs of steel mills, cement plants, ceramics, and chemical industries and more generally of the “hard-to-abate” industry through an immediately available, highly efficient, and effective technological process, which makes it possible to exploit the infrastructures and skills already present in the area.
It is a fact that CCS technologies have consolidated their role at a global level as a tool available to achieve decarbonization goals, and for this reason, they are gaining more and more attention from governments, investors, and industry players. CCS projects are being developed globally and are already at an advanced stage both in Europe – especially in the UK, the Netherlands, and the Nordic countries – and in the US, said Stefano Venier, CEO of Snam.
The planned activities will create new job opportunities, with an overall estimate of over 500 new jobs during Phase 1 of the project.
This joint venture sets the first initiative in Italy with the ambition to offer a solution to the entire hard-to-abate production cluster in the Po Valley, and potentially also to other Italian regions as well as other countries bordering the Mediterranean basin. Snam will contribute to the project with its know-how and distinctive skills in the transport and management of molecules, in this case, CO2, ended Stefano Venier.