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Petronas Lubricants Research Center

Technology, Innovation e Environment

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One of the driving forces behind Italy’s industrial development after World War II, the petrochemical sector has left a very decisive footprint and many a scar on the landscape. A striking example is Marghera, the garden city built at the beginning of the last century on the mainland across from the islands of Venice, but marred by the other Marghera made up of oil refineries and enormous production plants that still today form the backdrop to Serenissima, the ancient lagoon city. Many similar industrial areas were built around the same period near a number of Italian ports. Further inland, refineries were put up in what was considered strategic places, ideal for logistics but stridently at odds with the agricultural landscapes molded over thousands of years. That relationship between these complex petrochemical facilities and their context has been...

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