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Enel Starts Italy’s First Carbon Capture Project at Brindisi

Enel SpA, Italy’s biggest energy company, started operating the country’s first plant for capturing carbon dioxide emissions and storing them underground in a pilot project intended to make the technology viable.

Enel won 100 million euros ($138 million) in European Union funding for two projects to sequester emissions. The first is a 20 million-euro facility to capture 8,000 metric tons of CO2 a year at its coal-fired plant in the southern Adriatic city of Brindisi. It’s a test for a larger-scale project at Enel’s Porto Tolle coal plant in northeastern Italy, which will capture 1 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas.