Our work in Angola

Angola is one of the African countries in which we are investing more energy, including by improving the infrastructure here, where we work in the E&P and Refining & Marketing and Chemicals sectors, through Versalis International.

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Azule Energy, Angola’s new largest independent oil and gas producer, begins operations

In August 2022 bp and Eni confirmed that Azule Energy, the new 50/50 independent joint venture combining the two companies’ Angolan businesses, is officially established. The JV is now Angola’s largest independent equity producer of oil and gas, combines both companies’ Angolan E&P, LNG and solar businesses and it holds:

  • 2 billion barrels equivalent of net resources and growing to about 250,000 barrels equivalent a day (boe/d) of equity oil and gas production over the next 5 years
  • stakes in 16 licences (of which 6 are exploration blocks) and a participation in Angola LNG JV.

Azule Energy will also take over Eni’s share in Solenova, a solar company jointly held with Sonangol, and the collaboration in the Luanda Refinery. Azule Energy boasts a strong pipeline of new projects that are scheduled to come on stream over the next few years, growing organically from exploration discoveries. These include the Agogo Full Field and PAJ oil projects in Blocks 15/06 and 31 respectively, and the New Gas Consortium (NGC), the first non-associated gas project in the country, which will support the energy needs of Angola’s growing economy and strengthen its role as a global LNG exporter.

The Angola’s first non-associated gas development project

In July 2022, Eni and its Partners in the New Gas Consortium (NGC) announced that the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the development of the Quiluma and Maboqueiro fields has been taken by the Consortium. This is Angola’s first non-associated gas development project. The project includes two offshore wellhead platforms, an onshore gas processing plant and a connection to Angola LNG plant for the marketing of condensates and gas via LNG cargoes. Project execution activities will start in 2022 with a first gas planned in 2026 and an expected production of 330 mmscf a day at plateau (approximately 4 billion cubic meters a year). The sanctioning of the Q&M Project is an important milestone towards unlocking new undeveloped sources of energy, sustaining a reliable supply of gas to the Angola LNG plant, and fostering the continued economic and social development of Angola.

The activities in the 15/06 Block and the LNG business in Angola

Eni’s activities are concentrated in the conventional and deep offshore, over a developed and undeveloped acreage of 33,429 square kilometers (10,810 square kilometers net to Eni). Eni’s main asset in Angola is the Block 15/06 (Eni operator with a 36.84% interest), located in deep offshore, with the West Hub and the East Hub projects, already in production from 2014 and 2017, repexticely. Eni participates in other producing blocks: Block 0 (Eni’s interest 9.8%) in the Cabinda area in the north of the Country, Block 3 and 3/05-A (Eni’s interest 12%) offshore of the Country, Block 14 (Eni’s interest 20%) in the deep offshore west of Block 0, Block 14 K/A IMI (Eni’s interest 10%) and Block 15 (Eni’s interest 18%) in the deep offshore of the country. Exploration and production activities in Angola are regulated by concessions and PSAs.  In December 2021, the FID of Quiluma & Maboqueiro fields within the first development project of the New Gas Consortium (Eni’s interest 25.6%) was sanctioned. The project includes two offshore platforms, an onshore gas processing plant and connection to A-LNG for the marketing of gas via LNG cargo, and condensates. Eni holds a 13.6% interest of the Angola LNG (A-LNG) which runs the plant, located in Soyo, with treatment capacity of approximately 353 bcf a year of feed gas and a liquefaction capacity of 5.2 mmtonnes a year of LNG. In 2021 production net to Eni averaged approximately 20 kboe/day.

The progress of our activities and new areas of cooperation

In April 2021 the President of the Republic of Angola João Gonçalves Lourenço and the CEO of Eni Claudio Descalzi met in Luanda to review the progress of Eni’s activities in the country and to discuss new areas of cooperation. We presented the recent successes of Eni’s exploration strategy in Angola, as well as the progress of renewable and downstream initiatives. Through Solenova JV (Sonangol 50%, Eni 50%), in December 2021 we reached the Final Investment Decision (FID) and the signing of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the first phase of the Caraculo photovoltaic project, located in the Namibe province. The plant, with a total capacity of 50 MWp, will be an important source of electrical power from a renewable resource and will allow the reduction of diesel consumption for electricity generation, thus reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) and contributing to Angola’s energy transition. In addition to the positive impact on the environment, the project will also contribute to the sustainable development of communities in the surrounding areas. Start-up is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.  As for downstream, we renewed our commitment on the Luanda Refinery where the operational efficiency of the asset has improved significantly in the last three years.

Over 100 Angolan technicians have been involved on specific training programs in Italy and Angola, and the project to increase gasoline production capacity, allowing the country to reduce its reliance on import of finished products, is under construction with start-up expected in 2022. Through the New Gas Consortium we will develop and monetize non-associated gas fields, enhancing Angola’s ability to produce LNG and availability of domestic gas for the country’s industrial development. Furthermore, the progress of our local development initiatives was discussed, which focus on agricultural development, access to water, energy, education and health, as well as demining initiatives, access to land and diversity and inclusion. In October 2021, through Eni Angola, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ANPG and Sonangol for the joint development of the agro-biofuel sector in the country. Under the MoU, we will develop a de-carbonization path for the Republic of Angola through a circular economy approach, assessing in particular the development of low-ILUC (indirect land‐use change) cultivations such as castor beans on degraded lands and cover crops in rotation with cereals. As part of the MoU, we will also evaluate business opportunities in the areas of waste-collection, with the purpose of valorizing the organic fraction and bio-refining. The MoU is in line with Eni’s commitment to accelerate the energy transition in fossil-fuel producing countries, promoting the integration of the African continent into the biofuel value chain through agribusiness and industrial development initiatives aimed at the production of advanced biofuels.

We create energy

In Angola we are developing our "East Hub" and "West Hub" Upstream projects and numerous initiatives on access to water resources and health promotion in local communities. We aim to improve energy efficiency in our work, but also to have a positive impact on places. Local development programs and initiatives progressed during 2021 in particular with the South West integrated project in Huila and Namibe area, to support local communities affected by drought; access to energy, with health centers electrification by means of solar panels installation; an agricultural development program in the Cabinda area in partnership with local institutions; ongoing support of the Halo Trust initiative for the f land demining in the Benguela province; and several health initiatives in the Luanda, Cabinda and Zaire areas with healthcare staff training programs as well as medical equipment supplies.

Innovation at East and West Hub

The East Hub and West Hub projects have allowed us to deliver some of our most important successes in exploration and production, thanks to major investments in technology and close cooperation with the host country.

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Integrated social project in Angola

We aim to improve the living conditions of local communities. That's why, starting in September 2017, we’ve installed eight 5 KW solar power plants in schools and medical centres, as well as drilling eight water wells and launching health and vaccination campaigns. We have also created 16 agricultural cooperatives and trained 400 farmers.

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Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Respect for human rights in Angola

In 2018, Eni Angola commissioned the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), an independent body funded by the Danish state, to conduct a Human Rights Assessment (HRA) in relation to the exploration activity in the Cabinda Nord block. The report from the assessment includes the main observations and recommendations that emerged from the study, along with interviews from representatives from Eni Angola and external stakeholders. The document identified several focus points, including security management, respect for human rights in the workplace and in trade relations. Since 2020 we publish an update of Eni for Human Rights,  the company’s report that provides information on its commitment to the respect for human rights, showing a strengthening of its internal procedures on this fundamental matter. The report builds on the work undertaken by Eni over the past 6 years in the countries in which we operate.

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Energy for development

A book of photographs exploring our work in some of the countries in which we operate.

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In 2021, we started a project to support the Angolan Ministry of Health in improving the provision of specialist medical services to 3 hospitals in Luanda, with the collaboration of Italian institutes of excellence in the fields of training, research and health care. More than 170 doctors have participated in training courses and 28 patients have benefited from a cardiac surgical assessment at Josina Machel Maria Pia Hospital. We set up of the COVID and infectious diseases treatment unit, we did an upgrade of the educational training centre and a medical library at Hospital Divina Providência and we installed a telemedicine system for Hospital Divina Providência and David Bernardino Children's Hospital. 

Organised in partnership between UNESCO, the Government of Angola and the African Union, the Biennale of Luanda aims to promote the prevention of violence and the resolution of conflicts, by encouraging cultural exchanges in Africa, dialogue between generations and the promotion of gender equality. The 2021 edition of the Pan-African Forum develops the theme "Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”, with a rich programme of events scheduled from 27 November to 2 December, in which we are taking part as a private sector sponsor. As a space for reflection and dissemination of artistic works, ideas and best practices related to the culture of peace, the Biennale of Luanda brings together representatives of governments, civil society, the artistic and scientific community, and international organizations.

In the province of Huila, just as in other provinces in Angola, the majority of primary schools in rural areas are staffed by teachers who lack any specific teacher training. At the end of 2019, we launched an initiative aimed at addressing this very need by delivering professional development content for over 550 teachers working in rural primary schools and 11 trainers. We contributed to improving the quality of primary education through a series of forty educational sessions, combined with hours’ worth of content designed to raise awareness of and prevent Covid-19 and the provision of equipment and school supplies. Over the course of the sessions, participants learned how to prepare lessons and organise simple tests with the children to check their learning progress and were trained in how to organise a large class while at the same time ensuring that each child received the attention they required.

The initiative, promoted by Eni in collaboration with Angola’s Health Ministry, has kicked-off in Divina Providencia hospital Luanda with training sessions for sixteen doctors. These training sessions include telemedicine and hands-on training carried out by specialist doctors, with the aim to enhance the specialist skills of Angolan doctors. The training activities are part of a broader initiative launched in 2019 and aimed at providing capacity building and training to Angolan doctors by means of a twinning program with Italian reference health institutions. Areas of intervention include Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis, Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Neurology, Mother and Child Health, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Nutrition and referral system at primary healthcare care level. The project is based on a 5m$ investment. Within the framework of this International health project, activities are also going to take place in Cabinda, in parallel with other health development initiatives that are part of Eni’s Local Development Plan.