The Italian Antonini Group has won a $217 million contract to construct the Sabratha platform compression project.

Under this contract, the company will build a compression unit for Mellitah Oil and Gas Company, which will be installed on a gas platform located 42 meters above sea level and 120 meters from the coast in Sabratha.

The project is expected to take around 27 months to complete. During the six-month operation phase, around 150 employees will work on a floating structure to install the project.

The Italian companies will handle all of the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project in Italy. However, the final installation work will be carried out in Libyan waters.

Antonini Group CEO Simone Antonini expressed his delight with the signing of this "significant agreement," noting that the Italian government and Eni CEO Claudio De Scalzi supported the project as it represents a strategic sector for Italy.

The group had decided to invest in this sector and participate in major international tenders, which has led us to open a branch in Tripoli, Antonini said, indicating that they had already obtained important contracts in the field of engineering, supply, construction, and installation in Africa and the Middle East. 

Apart from the Sabratha project, Antonini explained that they had signed a contract worth $18.6 million to build structures that would accelerate the drilling process of the field. A newly installed platform would transport the produced gas to Sabratha, he explained. 

The CEO of Antonini Group expressed his pride in the development of this project, which he said forms part of the group’s international growth strategy and strengthens its presence in the Libyan market and the region in general.