In order to improve supply security, and therefore the diversification of sources to produce electric energy, in Italy, in some thermoelectric plants (for example the one in Brindisi Sud), Orimulsion is used. It is a fuel, alternative to oil fuel (and to coal) that, with the same environmental impact, is cheaper than oil and similar to coal. Orimulsion is extracted from the fields of Orinoco river in Venezuela and it is a mixture of natural bitumen (70%) and fresh water (30%). It is stored and transported at room temperature and has already been used for a long time in Denmark, Canada and Japan.

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