Libya & Italy Discuss Cooperation in Electricity & Renewable Energy

Libya & Italy Discuss Cooperation in Electricity & Renewable Energy
Libya & Italy Discuss Cooperation in Electricity & Renewable Energy

Osama Al-Hadi Al-Darrat, the Advisor to the Libyan Prime Minister for Electricity and Renewable Energy Affairs, met with the Italian Ambassador, Gianluca Alberini.

The meeting explored avenues of cooperation in the fields of electricity, renewable energy, and the electrical connection project linking Libya and Italy, via an underwater cable.

According to a statement by the Government of National Unity (GNU), the two sides also explored potential investments in the renewable energy sector.

Al-Darrat emphasised the depth of Libyan-Italian relations during the meeting, highlighting the agreement reached for technical visits by joint working teams from both countries.

Notably, Italy’s Rosetti Marino has secured an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract, said to be worth more than €300 million euros, with compatriot Saipem, for offshore work in Libya, according to Offshore-Energy news website.

Under the contract, Rosetti Marino is in charge of the construction of a gas recovery module (GRM) of approximately 5,000 tonnes, which will be installed on the DP4 offshore structure in the Mediterranean, off of Libya.

The scope of work includes engineering, material procurement, construction and load-out works for the delivery of the GRM. As well as activities to modify the DP4 platform, so that it can receive gas from the GRM and the refurbishment of the platform’s accommodation module.

The project’s end user is Mellitah Oil & Gas, a consortium consisting of the National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC) and Eni North Africa. The activities will start immediately, and are expected to be completed in early 2026.

Notably, Saipem announced that it had secured a coveted $1 billion dollar contract, signalling its expansive role in modernizing Libya’s Bouri natural gas field, a significant offshore reservoir.

The pivotal deal was commissioned by Mellitah Oil & Gas, an entity spearheaded by Eni, overseeing the intricacies of the Bouri Gas Utilisation Project (BGUP). The assignment beckons Saipem to rejuvenate and reinforce the platforms, and other integral facilities situated at the gas field.

Beyond refurbishment, the contract outlines Saipem’s responsibility to lay down an extensive 28-kilometer pipeline system, seamlessly connecting the DP3, DP4, and Sabratha infrastructures within the field.