Green Car Congress  
Go to GCC Discussions forum About GCC Contact  RSS Subscribe Twitter headlines

« Researchers Investigate Health Impact of Airborne Platinum from Catalytic Converters | Main | Dual Fuel System Displaces 87% of Diesel with Natural Gas »

Print this post

Petrobras and Eni to Partner on New Biofuel and Heavy Oil Production Technologies

28 March 2007

Petrobras and Eni signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at evaluating future partnership in the production of biofuels and in heavy oil refining.

The two companies will combine their proprietary technologies to jointly develop projects for the production of biofuels in other countries. The agreement includes possible cooperation in the commercialization of biofuels in the international market.

In addition to its first-generation biofuel production, Petrobras has developed a hydrogenation process it calls H-BIO (earlier post) to produce a renewable diesel fuel. Eni is considering the construction of a 250,000-tonne biodiesel plant at its Livorno refinery as well as the development of projects in countries where it has a deep-rooted presence.

The two companies will also study joint projects to assess the application of the Eni Slurry Technology (EST) in Brazil in the framework of a broader partnership involving both upstream and downstream joint initiatives. Eni Slurry Technology will allow deep conversion of residues and heavy oils—typical of those produced in Brazil—into refined products such as diesel and gasoline.

EST is highly flexible to feedstock as well as product slate, and produces no coke.

We are moving globally into the field of biofuels and deep conversion of heavy oils. Brazil represents a very important step in Eni’s strategy of building new partnerships in these sectors.

—Paolo Scaroni, Eni CEO

Brazil has proven oil reserves of some 11.5 billion barrels and proven natural gas reserves of some 320 billion cubic meters.

Eni is present in Brazil in four offshore exploration blocks, located in the Santos oil basin, one of the richest in the country. Moreover, Eni was in 1999 awarded a 30-year concession for distribution of natural gas in the north-western area of São Paulo State.

March 28, 2007 in Biodiesel, Oil, Oil sands | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c4fbe53ef00d834fc73a053ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Petrobras and Eni to Partner on New Biofuel and Heavy Oil Production Technologies:

Comments

It would be good if south America had something equivalent to switchgrass, like pampas grass that could just grow without fertilizer or irrigation and provide feedstock for biofuels.

Its interesting and laudable to note that Livorno refinery where I started my petroleum refining career in 1977 as NNPC scholar from Nigeria has extended its partnership with petrobras (Brazil)in the quest to optimizing alternate energy in the world.

ESD ALUFOHAI (Nigerian-Petroleum Refiner).

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Green Car Congress © 2013 BioAge Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Home | BioAge Group