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Oil company Eni announces multi-MW solar PV projects in Italy, Pakistan and Egypt

Oil and natural gas company Eni S.p.A. (Rome, Italy) on May 12th, 2016 announced a new model of integration between its traditional business and energy from renewable sources.

Most of the initiatives will be photovoltaic (PV), but there will also be room for other technologies such as biomass and concentrated solar power (CSP), reads the press release.

Renewable energy generation in abandoned industrial areas

According to the company, new renewable energy generation projects will be implemented in the vicinity of Eni’s plants and areas of operation, in order to make the most of all possible industrial, logistic, contractual and commercial synergies with the company's traditional activities.

The company focuses on the virtuous reuse of abandoned industrial areas, reclaimed or not used, which are re-launched through the implementation of energy generation plants with zero emissions.

220 MW in Italy

The project called Progetto Italia, involves the revival of sites through large-scale initiatives and investment in projects for the production of zero-emission energy.

As part of Progetto Italia, Eni has identified preliminarily 400 hectares of land in six regions (Liguria, Sardinia, Sicily, Calabria, Puglia and Basilicata). The plan includes two phases: the first relates to the development of five projects, located in Assemini, Porto Torres, Manfredonia, Priolo and Augusta, with a total installed power of around 70 megawatts; the second phase is based on the development of other projects to obtain a further installed power generation capacity of about 150 megawatts.

Overall, Progetto Italia will involve the installation, by 2022, of over 220 megawatts of new capacity for an investment between EUR 200 million and EUR 250 million.

 Up to 200 MW in Pakistan and Egypt

In Pakistan, Eni intends to develop a 50 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near the Kadanwari gas field. Solar power produced will be sold through the Pakistani national grid. The company expects to open the plant by the end of 2017.

In Egypt, Eni aims to build a solar PV plant near the Belaiym field, with an installed capacity of up to 150 megawatts. Solar power will be used both in the field and through the national grid. Once again, the PV project is expected to be operational by the end of 2017.

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