Europe needs long-term energy plan, says CEO of Eni
MILAN, Sept. 25 (Reuters) – Soaring gas prices as winter approaches are proof that the European Union must draw up a long-term energy security plan, said the head of Italian company Eni (ENI.MI) to the newspaper La Repubblica.
Claudio Descalzi noted that the EU imports almost all the natural gas and most of the oil it needs, which makes it structurally dependent on foreign supplies.
“Europe needs to have what it does not have today, a structured, long-term energy security plan,” Descalzi said in an interview published on Saturday.
“I don’t think there will be any problems with the gas supply, but it will cost more,” he said of this winter.
Eni has strategic long-term gas supply contracts with a number of gas-producing countries, including Russia.
European households face much higher energy bills due to soaring wholesale electricity and gas prices, and consumer groups have warned that the most vulnerable could experience fuel poverty.
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi also said this week that Europe must act to diversify its energy supplies and strengthen the bargaining power of buyer countries to help curb rising electricity and gas prices.
Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; edited by Jason Neely
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