This excerpt taken from the E 20-F filed Jun 21, 2006.
Eni believes an oversupply of natural gas is likely to occur in the long-term (beyond 2009)
Eni plans to upgrade its natural gas import infrastructure from Algeria and Russia to Italy, with expected start-up in 2008 and late 2008/2009, respectively. Taking into account the build-up of supplies of natural gas from Libya through the Greeenstream gasline and of Enis fourth long term take-or-pay purchase contract from Russia, an additional import capacity of 883 BCF/y is expected to be available for the Italian natural gas market starting in 2009. A large portion of this expected import capacity has been or is planned to be awarded to third parties. In addition, certain operators in the Italian natural gas market have publicly announced plans to develop LNG terminals in Italy. Eni expects at least one new LNG terminal with a 283 BCF/y capacity to start operations by 2009 thus adding new import capacity to the Italian market. Management believes the pace of demand growth in the Italian natural gas market may not meet the expected increase in supplies of natural gas market starting in 2009 and beyond. If this projections materialize, a decrease in natural gas margins is likely to occur.