Syndial pilot waste-to-fuel plant to transform municipal waste into biofuel

Source: press release, 1 October 2018

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)

Syndial (Eni) has announced the positive outcome of the Services Conference held by the City of Gela, Italy, with approval given to the pilot waste-to-fuel plant. The plant will be built by Syndial, Eni’s environmental services company, inside the Gela Refinery by the end of the year, to enable municipal solid waste to be transformed into next-generation biofuel. The project is part of Eni’s commitment to the development of the circular economy and to the production of products with less of an environmental impact. Over EUR 3 million will be invested to build the pilot plant and bring it into operation.

Waste-to-fuel is the fruit of Eni research and proprietary technology. It transforms municipal solid waste into a bio-oil that can be used as a component in the production of high-quality fuels for road vehicles and maritime transport. The raw material for the process is the biomass produced by the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW), consisting of food scraps and waste, but also the waste matter produced by the agri-food industry. One tonne of organic material, which includes the weight of its water content, can generate up to 150 kilograms of bio-oil, through a transformation process known as thermal liquefaction.

The pilot plant is strategically important as it will enable the waste-to-fuel project to achieve industrial scale. The first prototype will be built in Ravenna, in the Ponticelle industrial zone.