Italian oil & gas contractor Saipem has signed a collaboration deal with compatriot technical consultancy Studio Rinnovabili to bid on wind and solar power engineering and construction contracts in domestic and international markets.

Francesco Balestrino, renewables technologies business development manager in Saipem’s XSight division, said the tie-up with Studio Rinnovabili would be “a further element in [his company’s] business diversification strategy as a solution provider in the energy transition process”.

“We believe that our experience and capabilities in the services sector for the oil & gas industry are complementary to the development of infrastructures in the area of renewable energy, and that the synergy with Studio Rinnovabili will allow both a rapid growth of the specialist skills required by the new market and a greater presence on the Italian market,” said Balestrino.

Studio Rinnovabili partner Luca Aprati added: “We are enthusiastic about the agreement with Saipem, which will allow us to expand our services at a global level.

“By making available our experience and project successes in the study of wind, as well as in the fields of design and consultancy, we aim to contribute to the birth of new services for renewables in areas where oil & gas technologies are traditionally adopted and, more generally, to new utility-scale renewable investments”.

Sapiem, owned by Italian energy giant Eni, has this year made several strides forward in its energy transition, in March both announcing plans to work with compatriot KiteGen to develop high altitude wind energy technology, as well as unveiling a floating wind turbine concept that will be installed off Ireland in 2022 as part of the EU-funded AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project.