(AGI) Rome, Sept 14 - Italian energy company Eni and Frenchmultinational energy producer Total signed a licencingagreement for the use of EST (Eni Slurry Technology) technologyon Monday, concomitantly with the launch of a joint cooperationproject aimed at testing and adjusting the technology toTotal's production needs. Wholly developed in Italy byEni's research centre, EST is the most innovative and advancedrefining process for heavy feedstock conversion and upgradingand has been used in the Sannazzaro Refinery since 2013. Giacomo Rispoli, Eni Executive Vice President of Research,Development & Projects, commented on the agreement: "After twoyears of successful testing of the EST plant in Sannazzaro, anew and industry-consolidated technology will now be availabeon the market. The EST technology was developed 40 years afterthe last generation of processes and is the fruit of 15 yearsof research work." Nathalie Brunelle, Senior Vice PresidentStrategy Development and Research of Total Refining andChemical, said: "One of the major challenges of the refiningindustry is to keep pace with oil market trends while applyinga sustainable economic model, especially when changes aredictated by new fuel legislation or specifications. Thiscooperation project with Eni is a way for Total to enhance itslevel of technological knowledge and expertise while havingaccess to a new and consolidated heavy feedstock conversiontechnology." (AGI) . .