North Africa The Key Focus Of Eni Solar Plans

The award to Italian oil and gas giant Eni, together with Tunisian state firm Etap, of a provisional contract to build, own and operate a 10MW solar park at Tataouine in southeast Tunisia ( MEES, 1 June ) is the first concrete result of a November 2016 “cooperation agreement for the development of projects generating energy from renewable sources… [whilst] also targeting the optimization of oil sites’ energy resources,” Eni said in a press release.

MEES was not the only observer to be skeptical at the time of such announcements, given that they were high on platitudes and low on specifics.

The latest deal suggests a reassessment is in order. As does the fact that Eni last year begun work on a 10MW solar PV plant to provide power to its Bir Rebaa North field on Algeria’s Block 403 in the Berkine Basin, just 100km from the Tunisian border. (CONTINUED - 779 WORDS)