Bir Rebaa North: our photovoltaic project in Algeria

The plant built in the Algerian desert allows the fields of Block 403 to be supplied with clean energy.

Clean energy with a lower environmental impact

In November 2018, we took the first step to introduce PV technology in Algeria, starting up a solar power plant in Block 403 at the BRN production site. The plant is proof that renewable energy projects can provide efficient support to our Upstream activities and, at the same time, contribute to the protection of the planet. The project, jointly operated by Eni and Sonatrach through Groupement Sonatrach-Agip (GSA), is an integral part of our strategy to change the energy mix of our activities, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.


Eni’s partnership with Sonatrach began in 1972 with the construction of Transmed and continues.

Safety first

Workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety. 

Environment and community

The plant will supply green energy to the oil field, contributing to the progressive decarbonization of the local energy system and the reduction of greenhouse gases. We have been operating in Algeria since 1981 and currently hold 32 mining permits there, producing 85,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, making us the main international company in the country. Alongside exploration and production activities, we promote the sustainable development of Algeria as part of our strategy of pursuing a low-carbon energy transition.


To strengthen our collaboration within the sector, we have signed agreements with Sonatrach to create a research laboratory at the BRN production site, allowing us to test solar technologies in the desert environment. We are also planning to form a joint venture that will build and operate solar-power plants at Sonatrach’s production sites in Algeria.