Baleine, there is great energy in Côte d'Ivoire

FPSO Baleine.

Baleine is the largest hydrocarbon discovery made by an energy company in Côte d'Ivoire. Thanks to this discovery, Côte d'Ivoire will also strengthen its role as a regional energy hub for neighbouring countries. Baleine’s gas production is therefore strategic since it will increase domestic and regional supply, while oil production will be instrumental in boosting exports.

In Côte d'Ivoire, as in the rest of the African continent, our business is based on these cornerstones: the path to decarbonization, the cooperation model and the operational model. In addition to strengthening and diversifying our traditional portfolio, which is increasingly focused on enhancing the value of natural gas, we promote new solutions to reduce the overall carbon footprint of our operations. Our goal is to make Baleine the first net-zero field (in terms of Scope 1 and 2 emissions) in Africa.

Project features

Activity start date: 2021 – present

Côte d'Ivoire

Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas

PETROCI Holding

Project development and operation

The Baleine model, between speed and waste minimisation

In 2021, Eni discovered an extensive oil and associated gas field 70 km off the coast of Abidjan at a depth of 1,200 metres. It was the first commercial discovery in the country in the past 20 years. Baleine, from the Italian word balena (whale), was developed in record time, following an approach that characterises us. We call it fast track and it consists in running the design, authorisation and execution phases in parallel. Another innovative aspect of the project is the reuse of an existing ship, the FPSO Firenze, modernised and made technologically more advanced to ensure an accelerated start-up, optimising costs and time and minimising the waste of raw materials and construction materials.

Improved stoves and reduction of carbon footprint

Baleine is set to be the first Net Zero (Scope 1 and 2) upstream development project in Africa. Eni Côte d'Ivoire, in partnership with the Ivorian government and the non-governmental organisation AVSI, is promoting the distribution of improved stoves to around 400,000 people. The goal is to reduce the consumption of woody biomass and the associated emissions: this environmental benefit translates into the generation of Verified Carbon Units (VCU) certified by international standards, which over the next ten years will offset the residual Scope 1+2 emissions of the field's development.

Highlights
1200
m

depth of the NFW Baleine 1X well


2.5
billion

potential barrels of oil in place


100
billion/m³

associated gas since start-up in 2023


377
K hectares

for forest conservation, restoration and management projects


1200
m

depth of the NFW Baleine 1X well

2.5
billion

potential barrels of oil in place

100
billion/m³

associated gas since start-up in 2023

377
K hectares

for forest conservation, restoration and management projects

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The development of the Baleine project

The field launch into production.

November

2023

August

2023

April

2023

July

2022

September

2021

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.

Start of oil and gas production

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

FPSO Firenze sets sail from Dubai

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.

NFW Baleine 1X well drilled

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

Last update: 22 June 2023


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