In August 2023, we started oil and gas production at the Baleine field. Gas production, delivered onshore via a newly constructed pipeline, will allow Côte d’Ivoire to consolidate its access to energy and strengthen its role as a regional energy hub for neighbouring countries. All project emissions are offset through initiatives developed in the country, including the distribution of improved cookers to local communities, which significantly reduce wood or charcoal consumption in cooking. In the words of Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi, this is a milestone in Eni’s activities, an achievement that encapsulates the fundamental principles of the company’s strategy: a pioneering net-zero project in Africa, accelerated development, the supply of gas to the local market and the promotion of a fair transition.
Our work in Côte d'Ivoire
Eni’s presence in Côte d'Ivoire 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 Côte d'Ivoire: CI-205, CI-501, CI-401 e CI-801, all with the same partner, PETROCI Holding. Eni is also present in Côte d'Ivoire in the lubricants market (R&M).
Exploration & Production
gross undeveloped area in Côte d'Ivoire
total net area in Côte d'Ivoire
Exploration of two new blocks
In Côte d'Ivoire Eni holds interests in seven blocks in Ivorian deep waters. The Baleine field extends in blocks CI-101 and CI-802. Specifically, Block CI-101 (operator: Eni with an 83% stake, Petroci 17%) is located at a water depth of between 200 and 2,500 metres, while Block CI-205 is between 2,000 and 2,700 metres between 50 km and 80 km south-west of Abidjan. In addition to the two blocks on which the Baleine field extends, we own interests in the five blocks CI-205, CI-501, CI-401 and CI-801, all with the same partner, Petroci Holding.
We create energy
The main success in 2021 was the discovery of the giant Baleine in the deep offshore of the Côte d'Ivoire which was developed in fast-track mode, i.e. with production starting in August 2023, less than two years after discovery and less than a year and a half after the Final Investment Decision. This is the first project on the African continent with net zero emissions (scope 1 and 2).
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Take urgent action to combat climate
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 Côte d'Ivoire also 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 Côte d'Ivoire’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:
students who will have access to a technical training program
The first agri-hub in the Country will be launched in 2023
involved in the quality education program
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