Eni Oil Facilities In Tunisa & Pakistan Go Solar

Eni Constructing 15 MW Solar Power Capacity To Support Upstream Gas & Oil Operations In Pakistan & Tunisia; Projects Expected To Come Online In Late-2019
02:20 AM (Beijing Time) - 18. March 2019
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The 15 MW solar power capacity in Tunisia and Pakistan that Eni is developing is part of the Italian energy company's policy of introducing RE power generation technology in the countries where it operates. Pictured is Eni's headquarters in San Donato Milanese, Italy. (Photo Credit: Eni)

Key Takeaways

  • Eni of Italy has broken ground on 2 solar power projects of 15 MW cumulative capacity to be support its upstream operations in Tunisia and Pakistan
  • In Pakistan, it is setting up 10 MW project capacity to be located close to the Bhit gas field which will be integrated with the existing power generating facility
  • Once the Pakistan solar project comes online by October 2019, it will enable shutting down one of the existing gas turbines
  • In Tunisia, the 5 MW project will generate power to be used on site at Adam Oil Concession and will also have battery storage devices integrated with existing turbines

Italian oil and gas multinational Eni has launched construction of 15 MW PV capacity in Tunisia and Pakistan to support its upstream operations with green energy from solar including an off-grid set up.

The 10 MW solar project in Pakistan will be located close to the Bhit gas field in which Eni holds a 40% stake through its local subsidiary, Eni New Energy Pakistan. It will be integrated with the existing power generating facility here. On completion by October 2019, it will provide an expected output of some 20 GWh annually to be used on site. In lieu, one of the existing gas turbines will be shut down to cut back on operational costs.

The 5 MW Adam Photovoltaic Project in Tunisia’s Tataouine governorate will also generate power to be used on site at the Adam Oil Concession where Eni is the operator with a 25% stake through Eni Tunisia BV. Eni is developing this project under a cooperation agreement with the Tunisian national oil company Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières (ETAP). For the Tunisian project, the hybrid electricity production system will also have battery storage devices to be integrated with the existing turbines. The solar power plant will come online by the end of 2019.

The projects are among the first and most relevant of their kind globally, and in both cases aim to create value with the gas saved in the process. The projects allow Eni to strengthen its position by adding extra value, both technically and economically, to its traditional operations by introducing renewable energy installations in the countries where it operates,” explained Eni.

Anu Bhambhani

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