This is the continent where we took our first steps outside of Italy in 1954 and where the cornerstones of our business models were established.


The past, present and future of the company

New energies from the African continent

How we differentiate our energy supply sources in conjunction with African partners.


In Angola with the joint venture Azule Energy

In March 2022, we signed an agreement with BP to form a new international energy company Azule Energy, Angola’s largest producer, holding stakes in 16 licenses, as well as participating in the Angola LNG JV.

Through Azule Energy, we will contribute to developing the country’s potential in the oil exploration and production sector, and at the same time we will work to exploit the opportunities offered by the energy transition, through the increasing role of gas and renewables in our portfolio.


In Mozambique with the first Coral Sul cargo

Coral South is the first Eni project for the development of gas resources that were discovered in the Rovuma Basin. Coral Sul FLNG, the first floating natural gas liquefaction plant built for Africa's ultra-deep waters, started producing LNG in 2022, adding Mozambique to the producing countries. First LNG cargo departed from Coral Sul FLNG on 13th November 2022.

Processed and distributed as LNG, this gas will help to increase market availability and will be an important economic development lever for the country.


A new oil&gas discovery in Algeria

To help satisfy the demands of the European market, in October 2022 we announced the recent start of production from two gas fields related to the Berkine Sud contract, just 6 months after the contract was awarded through an accelerated developmen. On 7 September 2022 we acquired BP’s business in Algeria, operating two major gas fields “In Amenas” and “In Salah”. 

The strategic partnership with Algeria and Sonatrach was marked in December 2021 with the signature of a memorandum of understanding for energy transition, aiming to assess the opportunities in the field of renewables, hydrogen, CO2 storage, biorefining and other decarbonization initiatives.


In Congo for energy transition

Promoting the country’s decarbonization process, in October 2021 we signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint development of bio-refining agro-feedstock.

The agreement marks a new area of activity for Eni in the Republic of Congo, based on the commitment to contribute to the decarbonization of the energy mix in African countries, leveraging the contribution biofuels can offer to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.


Extending the biofuel chain in Mozambique

We recently signed an agreement with the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to launch the production of oil seeds and vegetable oils to be used as agro-feedstock for the production of biofuels.


We have been present in Mozambique since 2006. Here we launched the Coral South and Rovuma LNG projects for gas production and liquefaction. Cooperation for the development of agricultural projects is a major step in promoting local development and accelerating the energy transition in the countries that host us.


Coral South in detail

An interactive feature with 3D reconstructions, videos and figures: browse our special report and discover how the great project offshore Mozambique came into being and how it operates.


Our challenges

We stand by the African continent in its increasingly strategic role at an international level, with the aim of contributing to the energy transition by giving the population access to forms of energy with a low environmental impact.

The history of the six-legged dog is closely bound to Africa, past, present and future: it is the continent where Eni took its first steps outside of Italy in 1954. With almost 70% of its population under thirty years of age, Africa is assuming an increasingly strategic role in the international landscape, both geopolitically and economically, and is striving for greater integration in the global value chain, required to promote economic and social development in the continent. In this context, Africa is preparing to face the challenge of the energy transition, which in sub-Saharan Africa must go hand in hand with energy access, from which hundreds of millions of people continue to be excluded. This concerns in particular access to clean forms of energy (e.g. clean cooking), which is one of the keys to improving the quality of life of communities and promoting their development. These are complex challenges for a continent whose rapid economic and demographic growth requires ever greater amounts of energy, and where the energy transition is an opportunity to enhance its own abundant resources: natural gas, which thanks to its lower emission impact compared to other fossil fuels, is an ideal bridge fuel on the way to decarbonising the energy mix, as well as an important resource for guaranteeing the energy security of Italy and Europe. Equally important is the biofuel chain, which is fundamental for contributing to the decarbonisation of transport.

Eni’s actions in North Africa, on the other hand, are based on the pro-active and lasting collaboration with our partners, achieving a number of targets. These go from meeting increasing local consumption to supporting the energy mix efficiency and modernisation demands, being leaders in a changing sector that is experimenting new forms of energy. In this context, energy security has become more urgent, on both sides of the Mediterranean. Eni will therefore be playing a leading role with local partners in many projects, working together to lead the continent towards a safer, more sustainable and fairer future, especially for the new generations.

The strategy

We aim to strengthen our traditional portfolio while promoting a circular economy model that is more respectful of the planet, supporting local development and forest protection initiatives in keeping with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

The cornerstones of our business are solidly in place in Africa: the decarbonisation process, the cooperation model and the operating model. In addition to strengthening and diversifying our traditional portfolio, which is increasingly focused on exploiting natural gas, and helping to ensure a stable, secure supply of natural gas from North Africa's main energy partners, we are promoting development initiatives on the continent that involve a growing number of players in order to achieve sustainable and continuous growth, based on a new model of circular, low-carbon economy, relying on innovative proprietary technologies. As part of the circular economy, the African continent is at the heart of our agri-business model, a sustainable feedstock supply strategy for biorefineries involving several countries (including Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique and Rwanda) in new forms of long-term partnerships integrating local communities and countries into the biofuel production chains. These envisage the development of a network of agri-hubs for the collection and processing of agricultural and farming waste and residues with low-risk Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) that are not in competition with the food chain. Thanks to these innovative projects it is possible to give new value to degraded, unused or contaminated land while contributing to the economic development of the communities involved. In October 2022, the first cargo of vegetable oil produced by Eni in Kenya left the port of Mombasa, directed towards Gela’s biorefinery. From 2023, in addition to Kenya vegetable oils will be exported from Congo, Mozambique and Côte d'Ivoire.

Africa is also a destination for initiatives relating to new clean technologies, and various agreements have been signed or renewed in this field, for example with Algeria, Egypt and Libya, to evaluate joint projects for the research and production of renewable energy and hydrogen and for the capture, use and storage of CO2. Attention is also paid to new upstream developments to reduce the overall carbon footprint, for example in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya. Furthermore, partnerships with various African countries have been further strengthened, to provide Italy and Europe with a secure, stable supply of natural gas in excess of local demand, mainly through our own production. The supplies will be sent via pipeline, with a major gas development project launched in Libya and with the negotiation of new gas export volumes in Algeria; they will also be assured by the procurement of LNG, with additional capacities available in 2023 from Egypt and, in the coming years, from Congo, Mozambique and Angola. In 2022, an example of Eni’s distinctive satellite model will also be set up in Angola, designed to free value and accelerate the decarbonisation process, with the launch of Azule Energy, a JV with BP to combine the upstream, LNG and solar activities of the two companies in the country. In Angola, Eni also led the first non-associated gas development, the New Gas Consortium.

Our business operations go hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, which Eni pursues by promoting access to energy on the continent (through infrastructure and other interventions, the electrification o cities, villages, health facilities and schools) and supporting local development projects, with a particular focus on the sustainable and inclusive growth of the agricultural sector, which is crucial in sub-Saharan Africa. In this field, an important initiative continues to be promoted on the continent together with agricultural consortia and many Italian companies in the sector, which aims to train local staff and create integrated production chains for the domestic market. Furthermore, in the continent Eni contributes to the achievement of one of its main targets, decarbonisation made possible by REDD+ projects, a UN-designed forest conservation scheme that will also improve natural CO₂ storage capacity while promoting the development of local communities through socio-economic initiatives

New activities in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Exploration, Natural Climate Solutions (initiatives for land protection and sustainable management and restoration of natural ecosystems to increase carbon storage and/or prevent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions), agriculture, sustainability and health: these are the potential new areas for collaboration for which Eni and the Government of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau signed a memorandum of understanding in May 2023. One of the goals of the agreement is to assess initiatives to promote sustainable environmental growth and support the development of local communities

Read the press release


Eni’s support for Natural Climate Solutions

In our decarbonization strategy, nature-based solutions play an important role in offsetting residual GHG emissions.


A recognition of our commitment to the continent

Eni has received the 27th Big Five Board Award in the category “Distinguished Corporate Contribution to the African Energy Industry”.  

The peer-voted prize has been awarded in the framework of the Africa Energies Summit 2023 in London and it further recognizes the company’s commitment in the continent, where it has a long-established history of successful projects and local partnerships.



A new energy for the Africa of today and tomorrow

The energy transition on the African continent depends on biofuels, agreements on new energy sources and alternative forms of production.

byEni Staff
15 December 2021
3 min read
sostenibilità africa angola energia solare

The Africa of renewable energy

Eni's investment in renewables in Africa increases to facilitate the energy transition of the continent.

byEni Staff
19 January 2023
8 min read

Seeds for Energy

Eni initiatives for vertical integration in biorefining. A journey through images to discover Eni's agri-hubs between Italy and Africa.


In Rwanda to create an innovative energy transition hub

In continuity with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in April, in November 2022 we signed four agreements with institutions to launch our activities in the country, developing joint initiatives in the fields of agriculture, the protection of forestry ecosystems, technologies and health. In the agricultural sector, the first agreement relates to the launch of a pilot project using pioneering precision farming techniques, aiming to produce high-quality seeds in Rwanda that will be used in agri-feedstock initiatives run by Eni in other African countries. The second sets out to protect forests and safeguard areas of high-level biodiversity, experimenting pioneering technologies. In the health field, with Eni Foundation, we signed the third (three-year) agreement to strengthen basic mother-and-child health services, while the last agreement will play a cross-cutting role in supporting a range of technological initiatives focusing on precision agriculture as well as the monitoring of the forestry heritage and health.

The main development projects on the African continent

We develop business activities in the area, promoting local socio-economic growth.


Coral South, a model for Mozambique

Coral South, the first project initiated in Mozambique, is developing the gas resources discovered in offshore area 4 in the Rovuma Basin.

The project involves producing and selling gas from the southern part of the Coral field, using a floating plant for liquefying natural gas (LNG) with a capacity of 3.4 million tonnes, linked to six subsea gas producing wells.

more about Coral South
Cover Zohr


The Zohr field is believed to be the largest-ever gas discovery in Egypt and the Mediterranean.


As of December 31, 2021, Eni’s proved reserves booked at the Zohr field amounted to 706 mmboe. 

More about Zohr
Progetto Hinda in Congo

The Hinda Integrated Project

We help improve living conditions and socio-economic development in villages in the Hinda district in Congo.

Thanks to the professional training centre for farmers CATREP  we support the development of agricultural activities in the area.

Find out more about Hinda

Our operations

The six-legged dog left its first paw prints in the Egyptian desert in 1954. Today Africa supplies more than half of our total production of crude oil and natural gas, making our company the leader in the continent.


Energy and geo-economic scenarios

To understand an increasingly complex present, we have to move past a single vision of reality. That’s why we offer an overview of countries that takes into account a variety of interwoven aspects: from historical events to energy policy, and from geo-economics to the push towards digitalisation.


Kenya's green dream

Innovation and dynamism are the two driving features of the country's focus on a sustainable future, thanks to investments in renewables.

byEni Staff
21 June 2021
2 min read
Il risveglio dell'età dell'oro

The Golden Age Beckons

Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from the UK in 1957. Gold, cocoa and oil are the sectors that fuel its economic growth. Future goal: energy independence.

byEni Staff
29 September 2020
1 min read