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, Refining & Marketing and Chemicals, G&P, Gas & Luce and renewables sectors.


Upstream activities mainly offshore

Our work in Angola is concentrated in conventional and deep offshore, with a total developed and undeveloped area of 21,441 square kilometres. Our main asset in the country is Block 15/06 (Eni 36.84%, operator) with the West Hub and East Hub projects, where over four years we have started eight fields, four of which in 2018 alone.

Our exploration and production activities are governed by concession contracts and Production Sharing Agreements (PSA). Other production blocks in which Eni has a stake are Block 0 (Eni 9.8%) in Cabinda, north of the Angolan coast, the Development Areas in Block 3 and 3/05-A (Eni 12%) in the country's offshore area, the Development Areas in Block 14 (Eni 20%) in the deep offshore area west of Block 0, the Lianzi Development Area in Block 14K/A IMI (Eni 10%) and the Development Area in Block 15 (Eni 20%) in the deep offshore. We are also working hard to support the socio-economic development of the country.

We hold a 13.6% interest of the Angola LNG (A-LNG) which run the plant, located in Soyo, with treatment capacity of approximately 353 bcf/year of feed gas and a liquefaction capacity of 5.2 mmtonnes/y of LNG. In October 2019 Eni, as operator of a new joint venture (Eni’s interest 25.6%), signed a commercial agreement with the partners of the A-LNG for the development of the gas fields to support the liquefaction plant.

In 2020, exploration activities yielded positive results in the operated Block 15/06 (Eni’s interest 36.84%), following a successful appraisal well of the Agogo discovery, with estimated volumes of 1 billion boe in place. The Block 15/06 exploration license was renewed for additional three years. The agreement will allow to assess the possible additional mineral potential of the area. During the year, production ramp-up was achieved at the Agogo discovery well, connecting it to the Ngoma FPSO (West Hub project). Production started up just nine months after the discovery, confirming Eni’s commitment in the fast-track development of the discoveries, that maximizes the projects value leveraging on the synergies with the existing infrastructures.

Other development activities in the operated Block 15/06 concerned: 

  • the completion of the subsea production and injection facilities at the Cabaça North & UM 4/5 project
  • studies for the full field development of the Agogo field
  • activities related to the Ndungu discovery development. 

In October 2020, the unitization agreement of the three Development Areas of Block 14 (Eni’s interest 20%) was ratified with the related implementing decree. The agreements provide a new expiration date in 2028 and new development plan of the area as well as increasing entitlement volumes for the cost recovery.

In April 2021 we made a new light oil discovery in Block 15/06, in Angola’s deep offshore. The well has been drilled on the Cuica exploration prospect located inside the Cabaça Development Area and close to the Armada Olombendo FPSO (East Hub). The discovery is based on the ILX_Infrastructure-led exploration strategy, which pursue exploration opportunities in proximity of existing infrastructures. We started production from the Cuica field via the Armada Olombendo FPSO vessel in July 2021, just over 4 month from discovery.

In September 2021 we started production from Cabaça North, via the Armada Olombendo FPSO and through our Infrastructure-Led Exploration strategy. The Cabaça North development, with an expected peak production rate in the range of 15 kbopd, will increase and sustain the plateau of the vessel, a zero-discharge, zero-process flaring FPSO with an overall capacity of 100 kbopd. This is the second start-up achieved by Eni Angola in 2021, after the Cuica Early Production achieved in July. A third start-up is expected within the next few months, with the Ndungu Early Production in the Western area of Block 15/06.

The LNG business in Angola

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 2020 production net to Eni averaged approximately 23 kboe a day.

Chemicals in the country

Versalis International manages the activities of the commercial branche in Angola.

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%) we completed front end activities for phase one of Caraculo photovoltaic plant, with expected start-up in 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.

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.

In June 2020 we published 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.

Amministratore delegato

Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI, highlights the role of senior business leaders in promoting respect for human rights in concrete ways and by leading by example.

Eni for 2019 – Human Rights

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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. In 2020 the local development initiatives and projects concerned: restructuring of the Beira Nova school in Cabinda, the installation of two power generation systems from renewables sources at two medical centers in Luanda area, support to the agricultural development of the area in collaboration with the relevant local Authorities and the integrated development project in Huila and Namibe area through water and energy access initiatives, education programs, economic diversification and health protection projects.

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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Discover East&West Hub

With HALO Trust for mine clearance

Since 2017 we have been supporting the project "100 women in demining", which sees Angolan women clear land of mines and gain independence.

100 women in demining
100 women in demining

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all


Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

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Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The social project facilitates access to water

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

Promoting schooling

Since 2016, we have launched three education initiatives in the provinces of Luanda, Huila, Namibe and Cabinda. The objectives include increasing students' reading ability, improving living conditions in the school communities by installing health and water systems, and renovating the Beira Nova school in Cabinda.

More about the project
More about the project

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Kilamba Kiaxi and promoting health

2 million inhabitants in the community Kilamba Kiaxi is one of the nine municipalities of the city of Luanda, the capital of Angola. It was here between 2009 and 2012 that we set out to reduce the rate of preventable diseases and those due to malnourishment by bringing in better health services.

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Discover Kilamba Kiaxi
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Good Health and Well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Teacher training as a basis for local development

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.

Eni’s international health cooperation project

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.


Exploring Angola

The world of energy is constantly evolving, including in Angola, which gained independence from Portugal in 1974.

Our work is focused on Upstream, combined with sustainable development projects in the country.

Le partnership strategiche per lo sviluppo sostenibile dell’Angola
Progetti in Angola