The oil and gas business would be almost useless if we were unable to refine the raw materials extracted from the earth and transform them into fuel and other materials, including the recovery of by-products, which would have been wasted in the past.

Over its 60-year history, the companies constituting Saipem have designed and constructed approximately 40 "grass root" refineries and hundreds of refinery units and complexes in almost every geographical area. Even if we consider that refining technologies have changed little in recent decades, Saipem has never stopped seeking solutions to make the process more effective, safer, quicker and more respectful of the environment.

Our most interesting innovations include Eni Slurry Technology or EST (ENI's own technology). This completely converts refinery waste, such as heavy oils and bitumen, into top quality, "light" products, and enables waste to be drastically reduced in the liquid and solid phase of refinery, such as fuel oil or petroleum coke.

The process is based on the hydro-conversion of heavy loads, using a nano-dispersed catalyst to convert the "bottom of the barrel" refinery residues into specific, useful products, to create new fuel sources and reduce waste.

Saipem has an extensive track record in the design and construction of all refinery process units and has taken advantage of the numerous testimonials provided by Snamprogetti, which it acquired in 2009. We offer proprietary, high-octane component technologies and act as intermediaries for all the technologies on the market as a result of our well-established experience with the major licensors.

Saipem also proposes unique solutions for Green Refineries that use an integrated approach in terms of decarbonisation and circular economy.

Moreover, we are committed to constructing non-fossil refineries and our new services are suitable for converting existing refineries into profitable, sustainable businesses to produce by-products from non-fossil fuels.

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Saipem has an extensive track record in the design and construction of all refinery process units and has taken advantage of the numerous testimonials provided by Snamprogetti, which it acquired in 2009. We offer proprietary, high-octane component technologies and act as intermediaries for all the technologies on the market as a result of our well-established experience with the major licensors.

Saipem also proposes unique solutions for Green Refineries that use an integrated approach in terms of decarbonisation and circular economy.

Moreover, we are committed to constructing non-fossil refineries and our new services are suitable for converting existing refineries into profitable, sustainable businesses to produce by-products from non-fossil fuels.

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Bio-refineries have revealed themselves to be an interesting energy solution with a limited environmental impact. In terms of potential and feasibility, we prioritise the construction of plants to produce eco fuels.

Our experience in the field of traditional energy sources also enables us to quickly and successfully make headway with turnkey projects to construct bio-refineries, such as the reconversion of the ENI Refinery in Venice, to produce mainly bio-diesel and bio-naphtha biofuels from processed vegetable oils and spent cooking oils or industrial processing oils.

The world class conversion of the Venice Refinery was the first to use existing installations and convert them with state-of-the-art technologies (ECOFINING™ co-licensed by Honeywell and ENI), to which Saipem contributed throughout the entire project development from the conceptual engineering phase to the start-up.

As a result of the close collaboration between the Client ENI, the HONEYWELL technologist and SAIPEM, reconversion of the refinery unit required a plant shut-down of only 9 months and a total cost of approximately a fifth compared to the cost required to build new refinery units.

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