In September 2022, the President of Ivory Coast met Eni’s Chief Executive Officer to take stock on the company’s activities in the Country. Descalzi described the ongoing developments of the Baleine project, whose production launch is expected in mid-2023. President Ouattara and Eni’s CEO also discussed the many initiatives Eni is developing to compensate the emissions of the Baleine projects, which include a widespread improved hobs distribution program, and projects to preserve, restore and manage forests and savannas, within the framework of the REDD+ scheme. Furthermore, Descalzi updated the President on the ongoing capacity building initiatives to train 400 executives and technicians, based on the MoU agreement signed in 2021. Lastly, the Parties agreed on the definition of joined agro-industrial initiatives, to be used in biorefining.
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Eni’s presence in Ivory Coast dates back to the 1960s, with the company Agip Côte d’Ivoire. We returned to the Country in 2015, and we currently hold shares in blocks CI-101 and CI-802, where the Baleine field lies, as well as in five other blocks in the deep waters off the coast of Ivory Coast: CI-205, CI-501, CI-401 e CI-801, all with the same partner, PETROCI Holding. Eni is also present in Ivory Coast in the lubricants market (R&M).
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Exploration of two new blocks
Eni has shares in seven blocks in the deep waters off Ivory Coast. The Baleine field lies in blocks CI-101 and CI-802. In particular, block CI-101 lies between 200 and 2,500 metres underwater, 50 km to the south of the capital Abidjan, while block CI-205 lies between 2,000 and 2,700 metres underwater, 80 km south-west of the capital. Currently, Baleine has a potential of around 2.5 billion barrels of oil in place and 100 billion cubic metres of associated gas, and production is expected to begin in mid-2023. In addition to the two blocks where the Baleine field lies, we have shares in the five blocks CI-205, CI-501, CI-504, CI-401 and CI-801, all with the same partner Petroci Holding (Eni 90%, Petroci 10%).
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The main success in 2021 was the discovery of the giant Baleine in the deep offshore of the Ivory Coast. It is set to be developed with a phased fast-track approach and will be the first development in Africa at net zero emissions (Scope 1 and 2).
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Additional local development initiatives in the Country
In December 2021, we signed a five-year agreement with the Corporate University (ECU) and the Institut National Polytechnique Houphouët Boigny, to train university students, and also to update the skills of 400 executives and technicians employed in the energy sector. Following the MoU, we also signed a Cooperation Agreement to develop and hold three editions of two Master’s Degrees on the Upstream and Downstream sectors, whose training program will be devised and supplied with the help of our academic staff. The opening ceremony was held in November 2022, in the presence of local authorities. Moreover, Eni Ivory Coastalso signed an agreement with Eni Corporate University and the Polytechnic, to develop a technical training program focused on the FPSO maintenance and production, for 40 young Ivorian students, which officially opened in August 2022. Lastly, starting in 2023, we will offer scholarships to talented local students, to foster their participation in a Master’s Degree sponsored by Eni; we will also launch capacity building activities to support our local partners.
After the Memorandum of Understanding between Eni and Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Mines, Oil and Energy was signed, we started oil crop development activities, to be used in biorefining, for which a proper cultivation area has already been identified. In 2023, we will open Eni's first agri-hub in the Country, and start the local vegetable oil production.
With AVSI, we have launched a project to support quality primary education in 20 schools, reaching over 8,500 students, located particularly in the South Comoé region and in the Municipality of Port-Bouët, in the Abidjan district. Through this initiative, developed within the framework of supporting the Ministry of National Education and Literacy (MENA), the partners aim to improve access to education in the primary schools involved, by intervening on school infrastructures, the provision of school supplies and through school training courses and awareness-raising activities.
In the area of community health, we have launched two initiatives to promote access to health services in 20 clinics located in vulnerable areas in different regions of the country. The initiatives, implemented in conjunction with the NGOs IRC and CUAMM, include structural redevelopments of the centres, distribution of medical devices and training programmes for medical staff.
Here are some of the highlights that best summarize the initiatives under way:
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The first agri-hub in the Country will be launched in 2023
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