GE Oil & Gas has received a major contract to supply Italian energy company Eni S.p.A. with the largest refinery reactors of their type ever to be manufactured. The reactors will be a critical part of Eni Refining & Marketing Division’s project to boost production at its refinery in Sannazzaro, Italy. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

GE Oil & Gas’ components production facility in Massa, Italy, will manufacture the heavy-wall, slurry reactors, which will weigh approximately 2,000 tons each—the largest ever produced. GE will utilize advanced manufacturing techniques such as Cr-Mo-Vanadium welding, which resists corrosion in refineries and other harsh environments. Heavy-wall reactors are used for high-pressure and high-temperature refinery processes including hydrocracking, hydrotreating and desulphurization.

The reactors will be the centerpiece of a new process technology designed to enable Eni to produce more middle distillates from each barrel of feedstock. The refinery will highlight a proprietary Eni process called Eni Slurry Technology (EST) that enables increased efficiency in unconventional oils, heavy oils and residues distillation. This new process produces no residues, unlike other heavy oil cracking processes.

Located in the Po Valley, Eni’s Sannazzaro refinery is being expanded to meet the growing energy demands of the Turin-Milan-Genoa industrial triangle, the country’s most highly industrialized area. In addition to northwestern Italy, the facility also serves key markets in Switzerland.

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