MILAN (AP) - The CEO of Italian energy company Eni says he's "optimistic enough" Italy has a secure gas supply from Libya in the event supplies from Russia are hurt by sanctions.

MILAN (AP) The CEO of Italian energy company Eni says he's "optimistic enough" Italy has a secure gas supply from Libya in the event supplies from Russia are hurt by sanctions.

Paolo Scaroni told Corriere della Sera in an interview published Tuesday that he sought assurances during his recent visit to Libya "of alternate supplies to our country" and that the new Libyan leader "made a good impression."

Still, Eni's Libyan production has not recovered since the 2011 civil war, with unrest periodically halting output. Scaroni told the Libya Herald the shutdowns risk permanently damaging extraction.

Italy receives 28 percent of its gas from Moscow, a supply at risk if sanctions against Russia widen.

Eni is the largest international oil company operating in Libya, currently producing 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent daily.