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Sound Energy gets drilling go-ahead from Italian authorities

Sound Energy will press ahead with drilling its Badile prospect after receiving permission from Italian authorities this week. No date has been earmarked for commencement of drilling although Sound confirmed it would begin some time during 2016. The company has already secured the drilling rig to be used on Badile.

Europe

Eni cleared to sell Saipem stake

Italy’s Eni has confirmed the European Commission has cleared its plans to sell a 12.5% stake in fellow Italian firm Saipem. The Commission has published its authorisation for the transaction following the positive outcome of the anti-trust procedure.

Renewables/Energy Transition

E.ON to sell Italian hydroelectric plants to ERG for $1bln

Italian energy group ERG is to buy German utility E.ON's Italian hydroelectric power plants for about 950 million euros ($1 billion), expanding its renewable portfolio which mostly comprises windfarms. E.ON's Terni Hydroelectric Complex, which has 527 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity and produces about 1.4 terawatt hours of electricity a year, was put up for sale in late 2013 along with other assets in the country. ERG currently operates windfarms in Europe with a total capacity of 1.38 gigawatts, including 1.1 gigawatts in Italy, as well as a gas-fired thermal plant in Sicily with a capacity of 480 MW.