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Eni, Sonatrach Install Solar Plant at BRN Site in Algeria

Eni SpA E and Algerian state company Sonatrach have installed a 10-megawatt (MW) solar plant in Bir Rebaa North (BRN) in Algeria.

Jointly managed by Eni and Sonatrach through the Groupement Sonatrach-Agip (GSA), the plant will supply green energy to the oil field. This will enable decarbonisation of the Algerian energy system.

To further boost their partnership in the renewable energy sector, Eni and Sonatrach have inked an agreement to construct an advanced research and development laboratory at the BRN site. The facility will assess solar and hybrid technologies in a desert environment.

To enhance their scope of co-operation, the companies inked an agreement to create a new joint venture, which will be devoted to Algeria’s renewable energy sector. The partnership intends to install and operate solar power production units at the companies’ production sites as well as in other locations in Algeria.

The BRN photovoltaic plant reflects that renewable projects can competently support upstream oil and gas operations as well as contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions. Eni’s initiatives are in sync with its strategy, which aims at the energy transition process to lower carbon emissions. Therefore, the company plans to change the energy mix of activities in all the regions it operates in by substituting fossil fuel power with renewables as well as supplying green energy to the domestic systems.

Eni carries out research solar projects with international centres of excellence as well as invests in systems to increase efficiency and flexibility to multiply the possible applications.

Eni’s presence in Algeria dates back to 1981.Currently, it operates 32 mining permits in the country, with an equity production of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. This makes the company one of the country’s main international player.

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Currently, Eni sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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