Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said on November 23 that Eni is “always interested in things regarding” Abu Dhabi, Reuters reported.

Descalzi made the comment when asked whether the company would bid for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) oil refining unit, but declined to provide further information.

The CEO of the Italian oil giant was speaking on the sidelines of the Mediterranean Dialogues conference in Rome.

Eni is deepening its ties with the Emirate, having signed a concession agreement with ADNOC for a 25% stake in the offshore sour gas Ghasha concession on November 13.