1997 – The launch of self-service.Back to the timeline
1 January – The agreements made with Confindustria and Confapi came into force to supply natural gas for industrial uses and to develop cogeneration for the electricity used in industry.
January – A twenty-five-year agreement was signed with Norwegian producers to import natural gas from offshore deposits in the North Sea.
March – The “Fai de te”, serve-yourself, initiative was introduced in Agip and Ip petrol stations in Italy, aimed at reducing the cost of petrol by 50 lire per litre at motorway petrol stations and by 40 lire per litre at ordinary petrol stations.
15 July – The third placement of Eni shares on the market was completed, representing 17.6% of the total share capital.
July – Polimeri Europa opened the new Gas Phase plant in Brindisi for the production of high-density linear polyethylene.
4 November – Eni signed an agreement with the Croatian state-owned company INA to set up a natural gas transportation system from Italy to Croatia.
November – Production Sharing Agreements were concluded with the Kazako government to exploit the Karachaganak deposits and the offshore area in the Kazako part of the Caspian Sea.
Eni signed an agreement with the Chinese state-owned company CNPC to set up the jointly owned ChinAgip, with the aim of promoting initiatives of common interest in countries other than Italy and China, mainly in west Africa.
Oil production started up from the Alkalij offshore oil field in Quatar.
A twenty-five-year agreement was signed with Gas de France for the transportation in France of gas from Norway.