Eni lays out strategic plan for 2011-2014

Eni says no major projects planned in Libya for next four years

Eni has US$74 billion in capital expenditure planned for the forecast period.
Eni has US$74 billion in capital expenditure planned for the forecast period.

The CEO of Italy’s Eni, Paolo Scaroni in London, outlined the company’s strategic plan from 2011-2014. In the new plan, Eni sets out a high production growth, the consolidation of its leadership in the Italian and European gas markets, and major cost reduction programme aimed at recovering profitability in R&M.

Exploration & Production

Eni confirms its strategy of production growth with an average annual increase of over 3% in the 2011- 2014 period, higher compared to the previous plan.

The suspension of some of its production in Libya, if it remains temporary, will not significantly impact on Eni’s production growth target. Investments planned in the country over the coming period are limited, and no major projects are expected to start-up in the next four years.

Eni’s growth strategy is based on organic development, also thanks to the significant contribution coming from key areas such as Iraq, Venezuela, Angola and Russia. In 2014, hydrocarbon production will be above the 2.05 million boe/d level.

About 80% of the production due to come on-stream over the plan period will be from giant projects, in particular from those in Venezuela, Russia, the Arctic region and Angola.

“Beyond the plan period, production growth will be supported by the ramp-up of giant fields such as Junin 5 and Perla in Venezuela, new project start-ups beyond 2014, the promising exploration prospects in countries such as Togo, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique as well as from the strategic position that Eni is building in non-conventional gas, also thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding signed with Petrochina,” a statement read.

Gas & Power

The gas market scenario over the plan period will be characterised by a growth in European consumption as well as by a rapid rise in demand from emerging markets: both factors will contribute to absorb the oversupply in Europe, the company anticipates.

Leveraging on the ongoing renegotiations of supply contracts, Eni said it will boost its competitiveness and will increase its 2011- 2014 gas sales by 5% each year on average in Italy and key European markets.

Ebitda proforma adjusted will reach 4.2 billion euro (US$5.8 billion) by 2014, in line with 2009 results, taking into consideration the planned sale of certain international pipelines. This result will also be achieved thanks to the realisation of an integrated gas trading platform and a focus on high-value market segments.

Refining & Marketing

Eni’s strategy in R&M is aimed at increasing operational efficiency, thereby reducing fixed and variable costs by 200 million euro ($278 million) by 2014.

In refining, Eni will increase the flexibility of the plants and the yield in middle distillates, exploiting its proprietary technologies.

In marketing, Eni will improve results thanks to the re-branding of its distribution network, growth in key European markets and the expansion of non-oil activities.

All these actions with significantly boost R&M profitability, with the objective of reaching Ebit of 200 million euro by 2014, at constant 2010 scenario.

Capex plan and efficiency programme

Eni plans 53.3 billion euro ($74 billion) of investments over the 2011- 2014 period.

Over 70% of overall investments are related to upstream activities, in particular the development of projects such as Zubair, Junin 5, Perla, Goliat and Block 15/06 in Angola, that will sustain production growth over the plan period and beyond.

With respect to efficiency, Eni is planning a step-up of its cost reduction programme, with 1.7 billion euro ($2.3 billion) of savings planned over the next four years, bringing Eni’s total since 2006 to 4.1 billion euro ($5.7 billion).

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