Eni and Pertamina to cooperate in green efforts

Source: press release, 30 January 2019

Eni was the first company to convert a traditional refinery into a biorefinery, transforming organic raw materials into high-quality biofuels
Eni was the first company to convert a traditional refinery into a biorefinery, transforming organic raw materials into high-quality biofuels (photo: Eni)

The President Director of Pertamina, Nicke Widyawati, and Eni Ceo, Claudio Descalzi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to investigates synergies of their respective technologies, expertise and know-how, for jointly evaluating new collaboration opportunities in the areas of circular economy, driver for strategic development for Eni and its subsidiaries Syndial (Environment) and Versalis (Chemicals). The parties are willing to discuss collaboration opportunities in low carbon products and renewable energies development.

In particular, Eni and Pertamina agreed to explore opportunities and discuss collaboration in waste transformation processes and biomass valorisation processes, also leveraging Eni proprietary technologies such as “Waste to fuel” (biofuel from municipal waste), “Waste to hydrogen” (plastic to hydrogen), Sewage sludge conversion into biomethane production by anaerobic digestion, Advanced biofuels from biomass, Chemicals from biomass.

Furthermore, Eni and Pertamina agreed to explore and discuss collaboration in the field of recycle and re-use: water treatment and re-use processes and polymer recycling technologies, also pursuing eco-design processes to maximise final products recycle. The Memorandum of Understanding also includes opportunities for collaboration in the research and technology development for waste valorisation, CObiofixaton and its re-use for sustainable mobility.

Finally, Eni and Pertamina will discuss cooperation and business opportunities both in Indonesia and internationally in renewable projects.

Eni and Pertamina have also signed a Heads of Agreement for a Joint Venture aiming at the construction of an add-on grassroots bio-Refinery in Indonesia. In the context of this partnership, key terms of a Processing Agreement in Italian refineries has also been signed. This will enable HVO to reach the Indonesian Market utilising current Eni Ecofining Technology.

Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development. Eni is the operator of East Sepinggan Contract Area through its subsidiary Eni East Sepinggan Limited which holds an 85% Participating Interest while PT Pertamina Hulu Energi East Sepinggan holds the remaining 15%. Production activities are located in the Kutei Basin, East Kalimantan, mainly through the Jangkrik field, in the Muara Bakau working area, that delivers production in excess of 650 mmscfd.