Eni starts solar photovoltaic project in Tunisia

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Eni has begun constructing new solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Tunisia, aiming to support upstream operations by providing green energy with an off-grid setup

The Tunisia plant will be built at the ADAM oil concession, at which Eni is the operator with a 25 per cent stake, through its subsidiary Eni Tunisia BV.

The project is in line with Eni’s ambitious plan to strengthen its position by introducing renewable energy installations in Tunisia.

The ADAM photovoltaic project is situated in the Tataouine governorate and has a peak capacity of five megawatts. The energy produced will be used on-site, reducing gas consumption and avoiding around 6.500 tonnes per year of CO2 equivalent emissions.

The solar plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 and is part of the cooperation agreement with the state company Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières (ETAP), active in the advancement of renewable energy projects in Tunisia.

According to Eni, the project aims to establish a hybrid electricity production system with battery storage devices, in order to enable efficient integration with the existing turbines.

Apart from Tunisia, Eni is also building a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Pakistan. The Pakistan plant will be built in close proximity to the Bhit gas field at which Eni is the operator with a 40 per cent stake and scheduled to be completed by October 2019.

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