October 2019


From traditional to green refinery: The transformation of Eni’s Gela plant

The need for a more sustainable energy mix is setting a challenge for refinery operators.

The need for a more sustainable energy mix is setting a challenge for refinery operators. In response to the situation, Italian energy and engineering firm Eni developed a long-term, strategic plan to meet the needs of the global energy market. A significant component of the plan was to convert Eni’s Gela refinery in Italy to a “green” refinery. A renovation project for the Gela refinery was launched in 2013. In July 2017, Eni engaged turbomachinery provider Nuovo Pignone, a business unit of Baker Hughes, a GE company (“BHGE Nuovo Pignone”), for the refinery renovation. Nuovo Pignone is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Gela refinery’s seven reciprocating compressors and all

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