ENI inks accord in Tunisia for biofuel project

To produce castor oil at semi-industrial level with SNDP

04 December, 18:22

    ROME - ENI has launched a project in Tunisia in partnership with Societè National de Distribution des Pétroles AGIL (SNDP) for the semi-industrial production of castor oil plants to produce sustainable biofuels in the Gafsa area. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed Wednesday in the presence of Tunisian industry minister Selim Feriani.

    ENI issued a statement saying that the agreement had been signed by SNDP chief Nail Zmida and ENI's Chief Refining and Marketing Officer Giuseppe Ricci.

    It will be the first case in the world of semi-industrial, non-food cultivation of castor oil plants in a pre-desert area for the generation of sustainable biofuels.

    The project will make low-cost vegetable oils with low environmental impact available for the progressive replacement of palm oil ,which will be phased out at the EU level by 2030. Experimentation had involved the University of Catania with its Department of Food Agriculture and Environment and the Borj Cedria technological hub of Tunis. Castor oil plants are autochthonous to Tunisia and resistant to the hot and dry environment and create a barrier to growing desertification. 

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