MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire broke out at the Eni refinery in Stagno, in the municipality of Collesalvetti, near Livorno, which triggered the alarm throughout the province, especially for the black smoke and exhalations released, according to L'Unione Sarda.
The local fire services teams from Pisa, Lucca, and Florence were called to the site in Collesalvetti at around 14:30 local time to tackle the fire. After hours of work, the firefighters managed to put out the fire.
The fire, which also triggered an explosion, involved the "hot oil furnace" inside the plant and after the fire extinguishing operations, cooling and reclamation operations have been started.
No injuries were reported.
The investigations on the incident started. Based on a first hypothesis, the plant was under maintenance and perhaps there were hydrocarbon residues that caught fire.
As MRC wrote earlier, Eni is evaluating conversion of its Livorno refinery in northwest Italy into a biorefinery, as part of the Italian company's wider strategy to make its activities more environmentally sustainable. Eni has already converted two of its Italian refineries and is looking to almost double its biorefining capacity to around 2 million mt/year by 2024, and expand this to at least five times by 2050, as part of its pledge to achieve complete carbon neutrality by 2050.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
Eni, abbreviation of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, in full Eni SpA, Italian energy company operating primarily in petroleum, natural gas, and petrochemicals. Established in 1953, it is one of Europe's largest oil companies in terms of sales.