Sonatrach?s chairman Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour and the CEO of Italy?s Eni Claudio Descalzi have inaugurated a 10MW solar plant in Bir Rebaa North (BRN) in Algeria
The plant, co-operated by Eni and Sonatrach through the Groupement Sonatrach-Agip (GSA), is expected to provide green energy to the BRN oilfield, thus contributing to the decarbonisation of the Algerian energy system.
The companies have also signed an agreement to expand the scope of their cooperation by establishing a new joint venture that is fully dedicated to Algeria?s renewable energy sector.
The partnership aims to install and operate solar power production units at Sonatrach?s and Eni?s production sites in Algeria. The BRN photovoltaic plant proves that renewable projects can efficiently support upstream oil and gas operations and contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions.
Descalzi commented, ?This is a further step forward in the strategic expansion of our renewable energy activities in Algeria, starting with this site as a showcase for solar technologies. This plant shows the commitment of Eni in implementing a decarbonisation plan for long-term business sustainability, which is based on carbon impact reduction through the progressive implementation of renewable energy projects.?
Eni aims to develop renewable energy projects in the countries in which operates as major elements in the energy transition process towards a low-carbon scenario. Eni carries out research solar projects with international centres of excellence and invests in systems to increase efficiency and flexibility in order to multiply the possible applications.
Eni is present in Algeria since 1981 and currently operates 32 mining permits in the Country, with an equity production of 90,000 bpd, making the company the country?s main international player.