Italy clinched an agreement on Monday to ramp up gas imports from Algeria by around 40% in its first major deal to find alternative supplies, Trend reports citing Reuters .
In a visit to Algeria, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said agreements reached were a significant step in Italy's drive to cut its reliance on Russian gas.
'Others will follow,' he told reporters in Algiers following a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
Italy, which sources about 40% of its gas imports from Russia, has been scrambling to diversify its energy supply mix.
Draghi has previously said while replacing 30-40% of supplies from Russia could be done immediately, it would be much harder to replace the rest.
In a statement, Italian energy group Eni (ENI.MI) said it had agreed with Algeria's Sonatrach to gradually raise flows in the Transmed pipeline starting this year and reach 9 bcm of extra gas per year by 2023-24.
Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani told Italian TV 3 bcm of that would come on line immediately.
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