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Solar Powers Bir Rebaa North Oil and Gas Field

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sonatrach and ENI inaugurated a 10-MW solar plant at Bir Rebaa North (BRN) in Algeria. The plant, co-operated by the two firms through the GSA (Groupement Sonatrach-Agip), will provide green energy to the oil field, thus contributing to the decarbonization of the Algerian energy system.

During the opening ceremony, in order to further boost their partnership in the renewable energy sector, ENI and Sonatrach signed an agreement to implement the construction of an advanced research and development laboratory at the BRN site to test solar and hybrid technologies in a desert environment.

The BRN PV plant proves that renewable projects can efficiently support upstream oil and gas operations and contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions. These initiatives are part of the strategy that ENI is implementing in every country where it operates, aiming at changing the energy mix of its activities by replacing fossil fuel power with renewables, as well as providing green energy to the domestic systems.

ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi commented: “This is a further step forward in the strategic expansion of our renewable energy activities in Algeria, starting with this site as a showcase for solar technologies. This plant shows the commitment of ENI in implementing a decarbonization plan for long-term business sustainability, which is based on carbon impact reduction through the progressive implementation of renewable energy projects. Moreover, the BRN project also highlights how strong is the spirit of collaboration between Sonatrach and ENI.”

The companies have also signed an agreement to expand the scope of their cooperation by establishing a new joint venture that is fully dedicated to Algeria’s renewable energy sector. The partnership is aiming to install and operate solar power production units at Sonatrach’s and ENII’s production sites, as well as in other locations in Algeria.