Project: Sannazzaro Refinery – Po Valley, Italy
Tratos & ENI cooperation
Highly specialised cable manufacturer Tratos has won a €15 million contract for the supply of oil and gas cables to the Sannazzaro Refinery, owned by energy company ENI, in the Po Valley, Italy.
Following the upgrading of the refinery capacity in 2009, the Sannazzaro Refinery is one of the most efficient and flexible in Europe It mainly supplies markets in North-Western Italy and Switzerland, including Italy’s most highly industrialized area – the Turin-Milan-Genoa industrial triangle.
Tratos Cavi, which has been producing cables for use in the oil and gas industry throughout its 40 year history, will supply a range of oil and gas cable to the refinery for a variety of applications including power, control and signalling. The cables are manufactured to all the relevant American, British and European standards including BS6883, NEK 606 & UKOOA.
The Sannazzaro refinery is located in the Turin-Milan-Genoa industrial triangle, in Italy’s Po Valley. The facility, which is owned by Eni, has a refining capacity of 180,000 barrels per day.
The refinery produces about 45 fuel varieties including LPG, high-purity butane, propane / butane mixtures, petroleum products, kerosene, diesel, jet fuel, bunker fuel, bitumen and sulphur. The output is exported principally to the north-west markets of Italy and Switzerland.
The Sannazzaro refinery, which is controlled by Eni’s Refining & Marketing division, was built in 1963 and has since undergone several expansions and upgrades.
The Sannazzaro refinery was built with an annual capacity of five million tonnes. Its capacity doubled by 1975 and it was revamped during 1988-92.
In 2001 Eni opened a pilot plant to convert natural gas into liquid hydrocarbons using advanced conversion technology in partnership with IFP.
Did you know?
THE PO RIVER VALLEY is the largest and most important economic region in ITALY. It is the center of most Italian industry as well as Italy’s agricultural heartland. More than 16 million people—nearly a third of all Italians—live in this fertile basin, in which are located 12 cities with populations surpassing 100,000, including Turin and Milan, with populations over 1 million.
The river itself is not among the longest rivers in Europe, running 405 mi (652 km) from west to east, but together with its 141 tributaries, the Po catchment area stretches across 27,000 square mi (70,000 square km). The river’s agricultural and industrial importance has played a primary part in the political and social history of Italy—the basin today accounts for 40 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product—but suffers serious environmental consequences through poor water management, industrial and sewage pollution, and agricultural runoff.
Tratos is very pleased to contribute toward achieving Goal 7 of the UN Global Goals to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 13: Climate Action, GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being, Goal 14: Life Below Water, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.