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Italy and Russia energy companies firm up partnerships

18 May 2017 , 10:10Daniel J. GraeberNeftegaz.RU431

Italian energy company Eni said on May 17, 2017, that it signed an agreement with a Russian energy company to explore opportunities, including in Egyptian gas.

 

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi with his counterpart at Russian energy company Rosneft, Igor Sechin, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

The meeting consolidated previous agreements for the joint development of exploration activities in the Russian Barents Sea and Black Sea, and will underpin further opportunities between the 2 groups, including the Zohr project, the Italian company explained in a statement.

 

Eni made its initial gas discovery in the Zohr field in Egypt 2 years ago and quickly described it as the largest ever made in regional waters and potentially the largest in the world.

Egypt aims to become a regional hub for gas and LNG, though availability at the domestic sector could complicate growth.

 

In December 2016, the Italian company sold off a 30 % stake in the Egyptian basin to Rosneft in an agreement valued at about $1.6 billion.

 

Wednesday's agreement could add to Russia's regional leverage given Egypt's potential for LNG and with opportunities in the Black Sea.

Russia meets about 30 % of Italy's gas needs and is working to expand its shipment networks in Europe.

 

To read the news in Russian.

 

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