Our activities in Côte d'Ivoire

Workers walk in port in front of the ship

Present in Côte d'Ivoire in the exploration sector, we are working on the development of Baleine, the most important hydrocarbon discovery in the country and the first project with net zero scope 1 and 2 emissions development in Africa. Carbon neutrality will be achieved by using a combination of emission offsetting activities, through forest conservation initiatives and improved cookstoves distribution projects. The Baleine discovery plays a key role in domestic industrial development and the energy transition.

In the territory we aim to strengthen and diversify our traditional portfolio and to enhance the value of natural gas. With the start of vegetable oil production in Côte d’Ivoire we achieve a milestone fully in line with our decarbonization strategy. This project will feed our biorefineries with sustainable feedstock, while at the same time integrating Côte d’Ivoire in the value chain of biofuels, generating a positive impact on the families of local farmers with whom we collaborate through long-term agreements. Our activities run parallel with local development activities and the promotion of access to energy, as indicated by the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

Country profile

Activity start date: 1960 – present

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Bioenergy
Bioenergy
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas
Economic diversification
Economic diversification
Access to off-grid energy
Access to off-grid energy
Community health
Community health
Education
Education

Eni Côte d'Ivoire Limited

PETROCI holding

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How we operate in the country

Thanks to Baleine, the country will be able to export the gas it produces

We entered the country with Agip Côte d'Ivoire through acquisition and concession agreements and we now hold shares in several blocks in the deepwater. Baleine is located in those blocks known as CI-101 and CI-802. The production of gas from the field also facilitates the extension of access to energy to the population. With Baleine, Côte d’Ivoire assumes the role of an energy hub capable of exporting energy to neighboring countries. In addition, oint initiatives are being developed in the agro-industrial sector for the production of raw materials to for use in bio-refining.

The production of vegetable oil

The production of vegetable oil to supply Eni’s biorefineries is an operation that recently began in Côte d'Ivoire and which leverages waste from rubber production. The production of vegetable oil in the country, which will be used for the production of sustainable fuels, was initiated thanks to an agreement signed with the Federation of Hevea Producers (FPH), which brings together around 300,000 farmers. Vegetable oil, which is very significant for the local community, has received certification under ISCC-EU, one of the first schemes launched in Europe for the sustainability of products in the renewable energy sector. 

Food preparation becomes sustainable thanks to the introduction of improved stoves.

The distribution of improved cookstoves is underway among the most vulnerable families,  to reduce the consumption of wood biomass and related climate-changing emissions. These are cooking systems with high thermal efficiency that allow for significant fuel savings. Similarly, to combat deforestation, projects are planned for the conservation, restoration and management of forests and savannahs as part of REDD+ scheme (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), the programme for the protection of the forest heritage defined by the United Nations. 

Other projects initiated in the country to create value

Several initiatives are in the pipeline, with different  areas of intervention: vocal training, with the launch of two Masters in the exploration and biorefining sectors and a technical training programme, with the provision of scholarships; primary education, with work on infrastructure, by providing school equipment and awareness-raising activities; health, with training programmes for doctors and the distribution of medical devices.

Highlights

Below is a selection of data about our activities in the country.

2.5
billion

barrels of oil in place (Baleine's potential)


100 K
improved stoves

being distributed


377 K
hectares

For forest conservation, restoration and management projects


8,500
students

beneficiaries of the education support project


2.5
billion

barrels of oil in place (Baleine's potential)

100 K
improved stoves

being distributed

377 K
hectares

For forest conservation, restoration and management projects

8,500
students

beneficiaries of the education support project

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Our history in Côte d'Ivoire

The production of gas and the commitment to local development, this is how we share the country's journey towards the energy transition.

November

2023

October

2023

August

2023

April

2023

July

2022

June

2022

September

2021

June

2019

March

2017

1960

An official meeting celebrates the launch of Baleine

The President of Côte d'Ivoire and the CEO of Eni participated in the ceremony for the start of production of Baleine.

Production of bio oil started

Memorandum of understanding signed between Eni and the Ivorian Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Energy. Activities have started to integrate the country into the biofuels supply chain.

Baleine in production

Oil and gas production started from the Baleine field, off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire, with partner PETROCI.

FPSO Firenze is sailing towards Baleine

The ship will allow the field to start production.

The Baleine East 1X well has been drilled

The results of the well confirm the extension of the Baleine field.

The distribution of improved stoves has started

The initiative aims to replace traditional cooking devices, reducing exposure to unhealthy smoke and decreasing pressure on forests.

New discovery off the country’s coast

The exploratory well is being examined to test its actual potential.

Two new deepwater blocks have been acquired

We signed the contracts for two new exploration blocks off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire

Two additional offshore blocks were awarded

We pursue the goal of acquiring high-potential reservoirs like these, using proprietary technologies.

Agip Côte d’Ivoire is born

The company starts its activities in the country.

Eni Côte d’Ivoire Ltd.

Immeuble Palm Towers, Bème Etage

Boulevard de Marseille, Marcony – Zone 4

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 

Last update: 22 June 2023


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