Eni SPA ( E Quick Quote E - Free Report) announced that it delivered its first commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to the Snam regasification terminal in Piombino, Italy.
This marks the onset of the terminal’s commercial operation. The Piombino regasification terminal is one of the two newly planned LNG facilities in Italy.
The company performed unloading operations after completing the testing phase. An initial, non-commercial cargo was provided in May 2023.
The terminal will produce two billion cubic meters of gas in 2023. The production capacity is expected to increase to five billion cubic meters of gas per year in 2024. This is equivalent to 7% of Italy’s gas requirement each year.
Eni expects growth in its LNG operations and is progressing to increase contracted volumes to more than 18 million tons in 2026. This is almost double from that reported in 2022. This demonstrates LNG’s position as a reliable energy source to ensure the security of supply and the energy transition.
Before Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine, 40% of Italy's gas was imported from Russia. Eni expects the added capacity of the Piombino facility to help replace Russia gas by 2024-25. This advances the company’s strategy to increase energy security in Italy.
Economies across the world are gradually transitioning to cleaner energy sources. There has been a steady increase in pressure on energy companies to act on climate change on multiple fronts.
LNG is more eco-friendly than other fossil fuels and produces 30% less carbon dioxide than oil. Eni has been planning to divest its oil assets to focus on natural gas developments. Last month, the oil giant entered an agreement to divest $300 million of Congo oil assets to Perenco.
According to Eni, the assets are not part of its core operations. With this deal, Eni plans to shift its operations (from oil) to natural gas, which is expected to account for up to 60% of the group's hydrocarbon output by 2030.
Shares of Eni have outperformed the
industry in the past year. The stock has gained 30.5% compared with the industry’s 20.2% growth.
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