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ENI Meets with GNA

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fayez al-Sarraj, Head of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord, met in Tripoli with ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi to discuss the general situation in Libya, with a particular focus on introduction of renewable energy in Libya and ENI’s activities in the country. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla.

Descalzi assured Sarraj the full commitment of the company to its operational activities and projects in the country and reiterated company’s commitment in the social area, particularly in reference to the initiatives undertaken in the power generation sector. Following the MoU signed last year with GECOL and NOC, the company has contributed greatly for the improvement of the power sector, supplying much needed spare parts and technical assistance that allowed the recovery of 425 MW of power output in the Tripoli area.

The ENI CEO had previously met with Sanalla to discuss the status of the company’s current and future projects in Libya. At Bahr Essalam (BES), Phase 2 was successfully completed, bringing the field’s total production to 1.1 Bcf/d. Phase 2 of the project completes the development of the largest gas field in production offshore Libya at this time.

The two also discussed the start-up of the Wafa Inlet Gas Compression (WIGC) project, which is providing a significant contribution to the Libyan energy sector, as a result of the increase in the gas supply destined to the domestic market.

The completion of the WIGC project is a significant achievement and represents an important milestone confirming that project activities can be successfully performed onshore, in this challenging context. All this was possible thanks to the commitment and support of NOC and the great effort made by the employees of the ENI/NOC JV, Melitah Oil and Gas, as well as all the contractors involved in the execution of the project.

Wafa started its production in 2004 and is a historical field for Libya. Its production represented approximately the 38% of Melitah’s overall gas production in 2018