Italy's Giant Energy Company 'Eni' Eyes Role in Iran

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Italy's largest oil and gas company Eni has held talks with Iran's Oil Ministry over development of the fields that the Islamic Republic shares with its neighbors, an Iranian energy official said.

Officials from the Italian company conducted negotiations with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh a few days ago on development of the country's joint fields, managing director of Iran's Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC), Abdolreza Haji Hosseininejad said at a press conference.

He said the outcome of the talks has not been officially made public yet.

Eni S.p.A. is an Italy-based multinational oil and gas company. It includes multiple subsidiaries engaged in refining and marketing, trading, chemicals, engineering and construction, exploration and production, gas, power and relevant industries.

Now the company seems eager to return to Iran, which is holder of the world's largest natural gas reserves. Iran has an estimated 1,193 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves and the world's fourth-biggest oil deposits of 157 billion barrels.

While talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) for a comprehensive deal on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program are near the final stages, more foreign companies are impatient to seize the opportunity of investing in Iran's lucrative market as soon as the sanctions are terminated.

Elsewhere in his comments, Haji Hosseininejad said Iran's new oil contracts will be unveiled in an upcoming conference in London.

Moreover, he added, some of the country's undeveloped oil fields, such as Azar and Changouleh, will come under the spotlight in London to attract foreign investors.

The official also noted that he has recently held talks with Chinese companies on development of Iran's Masjed Solyman oil field, adding that agreements have been reached with a number of Chinese banks for financing the development of the oil field.

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