Italian companies Eni and gas grid operator Snam have signed deals with Slovakia’s energy provider SPP for cooperation in gas and LNG supply and storage.

The deals are expected to contribute to Slovakia’s plan to diversify its gas imports.

Eni has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SPP for commercial cooperation on gas and LNG.

With the agreement, the two companies will assess initiatives in the areas of trading and management of regasification and transportation capacities.

This is expected to help in securing and boosting the country’s strategic natural gas supply.

In a press statement, Eni said: “This signature highlights potential areas of cooperation and collaboration among European energy players to enhance the continent’s access to safe, reliable and sustainable energy sources.”

Snam has agreed to study access to the LNG regasification and gas storage facilities in Italy for SPP, reported Reuters.

They also agreed to assess the issue of transportation capacity to Slovakia from Italy.

In a separate announcement, Eni has started drilling the Raia-1 well located in Block A5-A of the Angoche Basin offshore Mozambique, reported Reuters, citing a spokesperson.

Located in the deep waters of the Northern Zambezi Basin, approximately 1,500km north-east of capital Maputo, the 5,133km² Block A5-A lies in a completely unexplored zone in front of the town of Angoche.

The Angoche Basin is located between the prolific Rovuma Basin and the Mozambique Basin to the south.