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Eni CEO 'optimistic' about company's future in Libya

13 November 2013 Last updated at 09:47 GMT

On Monday the key gas pipeline between Libya and Italy was closed by protesters demanding greater rights for Libya's minority Amazigh, also known as Berber.

The Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Italian energy company Eni - who jointly own the pipeline - told HARDtalk its closure would not cause problems for Italy.

"There is so much gas around," said Paolo Scaroni, "we have already been living through a winter completely without Libyan gas."

Mr Scaroni said the company would be missing some income from the closure but it was a relatively small part of production and they would find ways to replace it. Mr Scaroni added he was "optimistic" about the future of Eni in Libya.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 13 November at 16:30 and 21:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel at 04:30 GMT.

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