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Egypt to store carbon with Italy’s Eni

The Italian energy company is pursuing increased cooperation with Egypt as well as Algeria.
Carbon capture

The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum announced yesterday a new initiative to store carbon. 

The Italian oil and gas company ENI will invest $25 million in a project to store between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide in Meleiha field in northern Egypt, the Ministry of Petroleum said in a press release. 

What is carbon storage: Carbon storage refers to the capture and separation of carbon dioxide from industrial processes before it is released into the atmosphere. The gas is then stored deep underground. The method reduces the release of dangerous emissions, thereby helping the environment, according to the US Department of Energy. 

Why it matters: Egypt is attempting to improve its carbon footprint by pursuing renewable energy sources, and is seeking help from European partners. Last week, a German bank announced funding for solar panels in Egypt’s Aswan dam. 

Israel also started working with Egypt to build solar panels in the country last year. 

Oil remains Egypt’s main export, however. 

Know more: ENI is seeking an increased footprint in North Africa, and recently signed gas deals with both Egypt and Algeria.