1979-1980 The Transmed gas pipeline
Site manager for the laying of the Transmed subsea pipeline (also known as the “Enrico Mattei Pipeline”) for the transport of natural gas between Algeria and Italy through Tunisia. With total length of 2,200 km (1,470 of it in Italy) and its 600 meters of water depth, this pipeline was – at the time – the deepest underwater infrastructure for the transport of natural gas.
1980 – OTC
Saipem received the prize for the “Best Technological Product of the Year” at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (Texas)
Read the document “NEW SOLUTIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO PIPELAYING DEVELOPED DURING CONSTRUCTION OF VERY DEEP WATER SEALINES WITHIN TRANSMEDITERRANEAN PROJECT”
1980-1986 Castoro Sei: projects in the United Kingdom, Denmark and the North Sea
As project manager, and later as area and operation general manager, he played several roles in the development of Saipem’s offshore activities. Significant among them was the Danish project to construct a 500-km pipeline system with the use of, amongst others, the Castoro Sei pipelaying ship.
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1990-1991 Saipem 7000
Saipem purchased Saipem 7000, the largest, most innovative vessel in the world for the installation of offshore platforms.
1999 Blue Stream
As group executive chairman, he finalized the contract to launch a project, through the use of Saipem 7000, to develop the Blue Stream pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea (transport capacity 16 billion CM/year). One of the salient moments was the crucial passage of Saipem 7000 through Istanbul on 6 August 2011.
2000 Gas and oil field and facility at Kashagan (Kazakhstan)
ENI, where Stefano Cao was chief operating officer of the exploration & production division, assumed the role of sole operator in the exploration and development of the Kashagan field in the Northern Caspian Sea, which at the time was the largest oil discovery in the previous 30 years.
2003The Karachaganak facility (Kazakhstan)
Startup of condensate and natural gas production in the ENI-operated facility at Karachaganak in Western Kazakhstan.
Visit to the country where ENI is the leading hydrocarbon producer with 500,000 boe/day.
Visit to the country and the monument commemorating the ENI staff killed during the Biafra war.
2009 Entry into Sintonia SA
Stefano Cao is appointed managing director and CEO of the holding company in the infrastructure sector. As a result of this appointment, Stefano Cao is appointed to the board of directors of Atlantia S.p.A., Autostrade per l’Italia S.p.A., Gemina S.p.A., Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A., Sagat S.p.A., Aeroporto di Firenze S.p.A. and Telecom Italia S.p.A.
Read “STEFANO CAO APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SINTONIA SA”
Post Sintonia SA
2012 Opening of the new terminal of Aeroporto di Firenze
Stefano Cao at the opening of the new Florence airport terminal with Mr Matteo Renzi, mayor of Florence at that time.
April 30th, 2015 – The Return To Saipem
Stefano Cao is appointed Chief Executive Office of Saipem S.p.A
October 28th, 2015 – The new 2016-2019 strategy is presented and “Fit for The Future” plan is launched
In London, Stefano Cao presents the strategic plan to turn Saipem into a stronger and more independent company through financial consolidation and keen policies, more efficient business model and accurate risk management.