Eni starts solar projects in Pakistan and Tunisia’s oil and gas fields

eni pakiEni has started the construction of two new solar photovoltaic projects in Pakistan and Tunisia, aiming to support upstream operations in the countries by providing green energy with an off-grid setup

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, through its subsidiary Eni New Energy Pakistan.

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 projects are in line with Eni’s ambitious plan to strengthen its position by introducing renewable energy installations in the countries where it operates.

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.

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

Pakistan

The photovoltaic project of Bhit, with a 10MW peak capacity, is expected to produce approximately 20 GWh annually. The output energy will be used on site, reducing gas consumption and avoiding around 140.000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions in the next 10 years.

The project, scheduled to be completed by October 2019, aims to integrate the photovoltaic project with the existing power generating facility. Once operational, it will allow the shutdown of one the existing gas turbines and consequently to cut down on operational costs.

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