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GE Oil and Gas has received a contract to supply Italian energy company Eni with large refinery reactors to boost production at its refinery in Sannazzaro, Italy.

The two reactors are scheduled to be delivered to the Eni refinery in the first quarter of 2011, with commercial operation expected in 2012.

The GE Oil and Gas components production facility in Massa, Italy, will manufacture the heavy-wall, slurry reactors, which will weigh approximately 2,000 tons each.

GE will utilise 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 desulphurisation.

The reactors will be the centrepiece of a 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.

The process produces no residues, unlike other heavy-oil-cracking processes.

Located in the Po Valley, the Eni Sannazzaro refinery is being expanded to meet the growing energy demands of the Turin-Milan-Genoa industrial triangle, the most highly industrialised area in Italy.

Delivery of the huge reactors will present significant logistical challenges.

Due to their size, and the refinery location (in a densely populated area), the units cannot be delivered completely assembled.

Forged rings for the reactors will be welded at the GE Massa facility and then transported to the refinery on specially designed trucks.

GE will set up a temporary facility at the project site to complete the construction of the vessels.

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