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Renewable energy at centre of talks between Eni CEO, Libya's PM, NOC chief

31 luglio 2019 | 18.52
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Introducing renewable energy in Libya was the focus of talks in Tripoli on Wednesday between its United Nations backed premier Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla and Italian major Eni's chief executive Claudio Descalzi, Eni said in a statement.

During the meeting, Descalzi assured Sarraj of Eni's commitment to its operational activities and projects in the war-torn country and to improving the lot of Libyans, especially with regard to the "very sensitive issue" of power generation.

Eni will respond to Libyans' demand of more electrical power without increasing fossil fuel consumption by making available its "knowhow and expertise" to develop the first solar plants and wind farms in Libya, according to the statement.

By introducing renewable energy in Libya, Eni will build on a commitment to the people of Libya it made last year in an accord with NOC and Libyan electricity company GECOL, the statement said.

Under the 2018 accord, Eni has been supplying much needed spare parts and technical assistance that allowed the recovery of 425 MW of power output in the Tripoli area, and the company will now help Libya "transition towards a low-carbon scenario," the statement said.

Eni is already the main supplier of gas to the local market, which is entirely used to fuel the country’s power plants for a generation capacity exceeding 3 GW.

Phase 2 of the Bahr field Essalam - the largest gas field in production in the Libyan offshore - was successfully completed, bringing its total production to 1,100 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.

Descalzi and Sanall also discussed the start-up of the Wafa Inlet Gas Compression project, which is providing a major contribution to the Libyan energy sector, as a result of the increase in the gas supply destined to the domestic market, said the statement.

The WIGC project "is a significant achievement and represents an important milestone confirming that project activities can be successfully performed onshore, in this challenging context," the statement underlined.

Wafa began production in 2004 and is a historical field for Libya. Its production represented approximately the 38% of MOG’s overall gas production in 2018.

Eni is the main international hydrocarbon producer in Libya, where it currently produces 280,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in equity, the statement noted.

Eni continues to control over 45% of gas and oil production in the former Italian colony - compared with around 5% of output controlled by France's Total, ambassador Giuseppe Buccino told Corriere della Sera daily this week.

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