In line with its expansion programmes in Africa, Italian oil giants, Eni, has signed two agreements with Algeria’s Sonatrach to boost energy security and fast-track emissions reduction.

The two strategic agreements outline joint future projects that will focus on energy transition, energy supply, and decarbonization. In line the agreements, the two firms will identify opportunities and implement technologies for reducing greenhouse gas and methane gas emissions.

They will also outline energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy developments, green hydrogen projects, and CO₂ capture and storage projects.

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The two companies will equally undertake studies to identify measures to improve its energy export capacity to Europe from Algeria.

Sonatrach in a statement said: “It will be based on the evaluation of the following four axes: the extension of the existing gas transport capacity, the laying of a new gas pipeline to transport natural gas and alternatively hydrogen and blue and green ammonia, the laying of an undersea electric cable, and the extension of the current natural gas liquefaction capacity.”

Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi said: “These agreements bear witness to our commitment to ensuring Italy’s security of supply while at the same time pursuing our decarbonization objectives.”

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In October 2022, Eni commenced production from two gas fields in Algeria to meet the surging gas demand in the European market.

At that time, Eni said the two fields’ production capacity was anticipated to reach two million cubic meters by the end of the same year.

By Ken Okoye

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