Eni and Tunisian Ministry of Industry energy minister signed an agreement for transporting Algeria natural gas through Tunisia to Italy.
The agreement follows Eni’s deal with Sonatrach last May to purchase gas and transport it through to the Strait of Sicily (the TPMC system) and it also completes the contractual framework that allows Eni to import Algerian gas into Italy.
Eni can now operate the pipeline for the next 10 years with exclusive rights to the entire transport capacity, through its subsidiary Trans Tunisian Pipeline Company (TTPC), the Italian major said in a statement.
Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, and Slim Feriani, Tunisian Minister of Industry, signed the new agreement, which also entails Eni to handle any necessary reinvestment for modernising the infrastructure.
Built in the early 1980s and strengthened subsequently over several phases, the trans-Tunisian pipeline consists of two lines, 48 inches wide and around 370km long, from the Algerian-Tunisian border near Oued Saf to the Cap Bon headland, as well as five compression stations.
With a transport capacity of approximately 34 billion m3/y, it plays a key role in Italian and Tunisian energy supply and will continue to do so. It contributes to the diversification of sources and to the energy transition in the Italian market.