Italy’s Eni will become a major player in African renewables while also strengthening its support for domestic gas markets in countries where it operates. The company is investing in exploration and production in every North African country except Tunisia and is fast becoming one of the leading sponsors of solar projects in these countries.Chief executive Claudio Descalzi described a strategic vision for Eni and the role it expects to play in its core markets in a hosted interview as part of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Energy conference in London on 29 January.