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Italy's Eni starts work on Pakistan, Tunisia solar plants


Rome, March 13 (IANS/AKI) Italian has begun building new plants in and in as part of its commitment to switching from fossil fuels to renewables and to promoting global sustainable development, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

The plant will be built at the in the southern Tataouine governorate, which is operated by and in which has a 25 per cent stake, through its subsidiary Eni BV, said the statement.

The photovoltaic project has a peak capacity of 5MW. The produced will be used on-site, reducing and saving around 6,500 tonnes/year of CO2 equivalent emissions, the statement added.

The is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 and is part of the cooperation agreement with the State Company (ETAP), which is active in the advancement of projects in Tunisia.

The plant will be built close to the Bhit in southern province, which Eni operates and holds a 40 per cent stake in through its subsidiary Eni New Energy Pakistan, the statement continued.

The is due to be completed by October, will have a 10MW peak capacity and is expected to generate around 20GWh (Gigawatt hours) annually. The energy produced will be used on site, reducing and saving some 140,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions in the next 10 years, the statement underlined.

Eni aims to integrate the new with an existing power generating facility, allowing the shutdown of one the existing and cutting running costs once the is operational, the statement went on.

The new plants in Tunisia and will support upstream operations by providing with an offgrid set up, the statement said.

Eni operates in the upstream sector in Tunisia, mainly in the areas and in the offshore. It also has a presence in the gas, liquefied and marketing sectors though its management of the Transmed linking to via Tunisia, and in refining and marketing. It has been present in Tunisia since 1961.

Eni has been present in Pakistan since 2000, where it also operates in the Upstream sector, where the main permits in the country are Bhit/Bhadra (Eni operator with a 40 per cent interest), Kadanwari (Eni operator with 18.42 per cent interest), Latif (Eni 33.3 per cent), Sawan (Eni 23.68 per cent) and Zamzama (Eni 17.75 per cent) and Miano (Eni 15.16 per cent).

Eni is currently operating in the Pakistani offshore and the midstream sector, the statement said.



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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 00:16 IST