The National Hydrocarbons Authority, Eni’s old name, has no longer been thinking exclusively of oil for some time. The transition to renewable energy must be part of the company’s new diet, and consequently investments in this regard grow from time to time.
This is the reason why Eni acquired, through an auction, 13 wind farms controlled by the Glennmont and Pggn Infrastructures funds, for a total of 315 megawatts.. This portfolio counts on 256 “wind turbines” – which came into operation between 2009 and 2016 – located in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily. With the addition of the 35 megawatts that Eni will collect with plants under construction in Puglia, it should reach 350 in the area: an amount that satisfies the needs of 220 thousand families.
According to Repubblica, with this operation, “the company led by Claudio Descalzi has thus achieved two objectives: it has reached 1.3 gigawatts of installed power in wind power and has set foot in the Italian “wind” market. But as Descalzi himself recalled when commenting on the acquisition, it is only a beginning: Eni wants to reach 4 gigawatts of installed capacity in renewables in 2024, to reach 15 gigawatts in 2030 and 60 in 2050. And a good part of these will come from wind farms. Utilities are warned: now that big oil companies have to invest less in the discovery of new fields, they have even more funds to invest in renewables. If they want to complete their transition by 2050“. There is talk of a 500 million euro deal.