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Eni's (E) Versalis & Saipem to Produce Advanced Biofuel

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Eni SPA’s E chemical company Versalis recently made a deal with Saipem SpA SAPMF to promote PROESA® technology, which is used for producing sustainable bioethanol and chemicals. In 2015, Eni reduced its stake in Saipem, an oil and gas engineering and equipment provider.

The PROESA®technology of Versalis uses hydrolysis and fermentation process of agricultural waste, energy crops as well as other agricultural biomasses for sustainable bioethanol production. It produces advanced biofuel or second-generation bioethanol without using crops intended for human usage. Per the deal, the commercial features of the proprietary technology’s licensing rights will be managed by Versalis, which will additionally provide training services and assistance. Saipem will likely be in charge of development of the production facilities.

The technology was developed in the Crescentino facility of Versalis and can play a huge role in Eni’s overall decarbonization program. With global bioethanol demand expected to rise in the coming days, as the drive for lower emissions and greener fuels strengthen, the latest deal is likely to be extremely profitable.

The move is expected to boost sustainability of Eni’s chemicals business. Earlier, the integrated energy major made a series of deals with companies like Equinor ASA EQNR, Falck Renewables and others to boost exposure in wind and solar energy production.

Price Performance

Eni’s shares have increased 3.1% in the past three months compared with 9.5% rise of the industry.

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