Italian Prime Minister Draghi signed an agreement in Algeria on Monday with Algerian President Ambelmadjid Tebboune and Algerian gas company Sonatrach with an impressive Italian delegation, including two ministers and CEO of Italian gas company ENI. Italy will import nine billion cubic meters of additional gas from the country according to the agreement. A general agreement on energy co-operation between the two countries was also signed.
Last year, Sonatrach already exported 21 billion cubic meters of gas from Algeria to Italy via the TransMed pipeline leading to Mazar del Vallo in Sicily. Algeria thus became the second country from which Italy imported gas. Russia has always been Italy’s largest gas supplier. Almost 40 percent of gas in Italy came from Russia.
Last Thursday, Prime Minister Draghi received Prime Minister Rutte in Rome. Both then expressed a desire to reduce their dependence on gas from Russia as much as possible.
Immediately after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Draghi said he wanted to speed up the search for alternative gas suppliers to help families and businesses in need.