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23 April - Agip and the China National Oil & Gas Exploitation & Development Corporation signed an economic cooperation agreement for conducting operations in the Chinese offshore sector.
24 April – An agreement was signed with the Congolese authorities for the exploration of uranium minerals.
11 October - Sigat (Italian company for the trans-Mediterranean gas pipeline) was set up in Palermo, for the purchase and management of shares in the Transmediterranean Pipeline Company.
11 October – Siciliana Gas Spa, jointly owned by Snam and Ente Minerario Siciliano, was set up to convert the island to natural gas.
17 October – A meeting was held in Rome, at the Industry Ministry, with representatives from Eni, Fiat and Cnen about solar energy.
In the solar energy sector, Eni promoted technological research into the heating of fluids and the production of electricity.