Italian energy group Eni plans to spend about $7 billion in Angola over the next four years along with its partners in a country it sees as key to its future growth strategy.
The money will be invested by Eni and its joint venture partners in the country in exploration and production, refining and solar energy.
The plans were discussed in a meeting between Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi on April 6 and confirmed by Eni on April 7.
Eni, which has been in Angola since 1980, currently produces about 120,000 barrels of equity oil equivalent per day (boe) in the country.
On April 6, it announced a new offshore light oil discovery in its Block 15/06 where it has discovered over 2 billion boe since 2018.
Besides its oil and gas activity, Eni is building a solar power plant in the country, which is expected to start operating in 2022, and jointly runs the Luanda Refinery with state oil giant Sonangol.
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