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Eni Buys Biogas Production Firm FRI-EL Biogas

March 22, 2021

Biogas plant/Credit:Bertold Werkmann/AdobeStock

 Italian energy giant Eni has agreed to buy FRI-EL Biogas Holding company, a leader in the Italian biogas production sector.

The transaction will see Eni’s subsidiary Ecofuel, a company responsible for managing Eni’s investments in the circular economy, buy Biogas Holding from and FRI-EL Greenpower, a Gostner family holding

FRI-EL Biogas Holding owns 21 plants generating electricity from biogas and a plant for processing OFMSW - the organic fraction of municipal solid waste - which Eni intends to convert to produce biomethane, which when fully operational, will supply over 50 million cubic meters per year to the network.

This acquisition sees Eni strengthening its growth in the circular economy, laying the foundations to become the first producer of biomethane in Italy, Eni said.

The deal is part of Eni's broader decarbonization strategy, which has the goal to eliminate all emissions from industrial processes and products by 2050. It is one of the levers for rapid growth in renewables production, which is aimed at providing customers with a growing share of green and bio products (liquid biofuels and biomethane), and will be integrated with the increase in Eni service stations supplying CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) to the Italian network.  

Claudio Descalzi, Eni's CEO, said “With this deal, we have laid the foundations for strong growth in the biomethane sector, which will be distributed in Eni’s service stations, both as compressed natural gas and as liquefied natural gas. This is a strategic business area for us on the path to completely eliminating our emissions, and represents a significant contribution to decarbonizing transport and our ability to offer sustainable products to our customers. It provides a new and significant level of substance to continue on the path outlined in our strategy”.

The agreement is subject to certain conditions precedent, including the authorisation of the relevant Antitrust authorities.

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