October 11, 2019 / 2:31 PM / 9 days ago

Eni CEO confirms commitment to exploration in Cyprus

FILE PHOTO: Italian energy company Eni headquarters is seen in Rome, Italy September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian oil major Eni is committed to the exploration of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and its contractual engagements with the country, its chief executive said on Friday.

Turkey said last week it had sent an oil-and-gas drilling ship to waters off southern Cyprus where Greek Cypriot authorities have already awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights to Italian and French companies.

In reply to a Reuters request for comment on Eni’s position, Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi added the group was planning a joint exploration campaign in the first half of 2020 together with its French partner Total

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, writing by Giulio Piovaccari

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