Italian energy company Eni has begun production at its solar photovoltaic plant in Tataouine, Tunisia.

The hybrid generation plant has an installed capacity of 10MW and was inaugurated by Tunisian Industry, Energy and Mines Minister Neila Gonji.

It will supply more than 20GWh of power to the country’s national electricity grid each year.

Eni said that the plant will also divert around 211,000t of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over its lifetime.

The power generated at the plant will be supplied to STEG (Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The solar power plant was built by Societe Energie Renouvelables Eni Etap (SEREE), which is a joint venture between Eni and Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activites Petrolieres (ETAP).

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Eni also manages the Adam photovoltaic field in Tunisia, which has a peak capacity of 5MW. The company’s Tataouine plant supplies electricity to the adjacent ADAM field in the Governorate of Tataouine.

In a press statement, Eni said: “The initiative confirms Eni’s contribution to the decarbonisation process of the Tunisian energy system, as well as the company’s commitment to achieving zero scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2050, in line with Eni’s medium-to-long term strategy.”

Active in Tunisia since 1961, Eni focuses its upstream activities on the country’s southern desert regions and offshore in the Mediterranean Sea

The energy giant’s Global Gas & LNG Portfolio is for the management of the Transmed gas pipeline, which links Algeria to Italy via Tunisia.

Earlier this month, Eni’s subsidiary Plenitude agreed to buy a 100% stake in renewable project developer and retailer PLT for an undisclosed sum.

PLT has a 1.6GW renewable portfolio in Italy and Spain, providing power for 90,000 retail customers in Italy.

Under the terms agreed, Plenitude will acquire PLT Energia and SEF along with their respective subsidiaries and affiliates.