Our work in Kenya

We explore for, develop and extract oil and gas in 14 African countries, including Kenya, where we have been operating in the E&P sector since 2012 and are developing projects for the country.


Deep water exploration

Our exploration operations are concentrated in the offshore of the country, in six blocks located in the deep waters of the Lamu Basin, at a depth of between one thousand and four thousand meters. Our history in the country began in 1960, with the founding of the Agip Kenya Company dealing with the import and distribution of petroleum products and by products, nitrogen fertilizers and synthetic rubber.

In December 2020 Eni CEO Descalzi met The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta. On the sidelines of the meeting, amendments to the Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) in force were signed, pertaining to three exploration permits offshore Mombasa.


Energy for development

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


We create energy

We operate in the country through our subsidiary Eni Kenya. We are engaged in business activities and also promote initiatives for the socio-economic development of the territory, such as the creation of a solar-powered desalination plant to guarantee the population access to clean water in Lamu County.

A business incubation programme

Since 2018, we have been supporting a business incubation programme with the E4Impact accelerator, offering selected Kenyan companies the opportunity to grow and create value in the country, promoting employment.

Go to the Project
Go to the Project

Since 2018, we have been supporting a business incubation programme with the E4Impact accelerator, offering selected 

Access to water resources

From 2015 to 2018 we built a desalination plant on Pate Island to improve water management in the territory. We planned a reverse osmosis unit entirely powered by solar energy and able to produce about 20,000 litres per day.

Go to the Project
Go to the Project

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Circular economy to the country's decarbonisation process

In order to contribute to the country's decarbonisation process, in December 2020 the President of the Republic Uhuru Kenyatta and the CEO of Eni Claudio Descalzi discussed initiatives of circular economy, including the recovery, regeneration and reuse of agricultural and food waste produced in the country.

Specifically, the parties have identified strategic lines to implement a multi-year plan to incentivize separate collection of waste and agricultural residues, which are the ideal raw material for biofuel plants, leveraging the circular economy technologies developed by Eni. In Kenya, where development program includes the construction of 20 agri ,hubs with start-up in 2022. The plan also includes the study for the conversion of the Mombasa refinery into a biorefinery for HVO and Biojet production.

In July 2021 Eni and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining of Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the decarbonization process to tackle climate change through new industrial models of fully-integrated circular economy along the whole bio-fuel production value chain. The parties will jointly conduct feasibility studies to develop waste and residue collection as well as agricultural projects, with the purpose of establishing a wide range of feedstock sources that do not compete with food cycles, to be transformed into bio-fuels and bio-products that might contribute to feed Eni’s bio-refineries in Gela and Venice, Italy. The parties will also assess the opportunity to build a new plant to produce second-generation bio-ethanol from waste biomass, leveraging Eni technologies Ecofining™ e Proesa®. The agricultural development project focuses on the development of sustainable oil crop cultivations and other agro-industrial co-products. The waste and residue collection project will be focused on the promotione  and implementation a collection system for used cooked oil (UCO) and of other agro-processing residues.

Local development initiatives

In July 2021, through Eni Kenya we signed with the Nairobi Office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) a Memorandum of Understanding to identify possible collaboration opportunities in the areas of agriculture and value-chain development, environment, health, vocational training and education, and access to energy/green energy and innovation. The four-year agreement promotes and strengthens the Italian system abroad and fits in Eni’s and AICS’ strategy to leverage public-private partnerships, which the United Nations indicate as a key tool for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Investments to sustain the education sector in Kenya

In June 2021, through Eni Kenya in partnership with the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK), we handed over a kitchen and dining hall to Mwakichuchu Secondary School located in Voi, Taita Taveta County. The project represents the second phase of investment at the school aimed at the improvement of its social amenities, following the construction of twin staff houses and an ablution block which were completed and handed over in October 2018. The multi-purpose structure comprises of a kitchen and hall fitted with tables and benches, which can also be utilized as a dining hall and theatre hall. The school currently has 309 students, and this number is expected to increase. This project will provide a much needed space to accommodate all the students during meal times while also ensuring ample space for social distancing. Additionally, we also donated 1,000 face masks to the school in support of the fight against Covid-19.

In October 2021, through Eni Kenya and National Oil Corporation of Kenya, we handed over a modern science laboratory to Lunga Lunga Secondary School, Kwale County. The unveiling of this project comes at an opportune time for the school of 816 students (164 girls & 652 boys), and is an addition to the existing single laboratory facility in the school. It will provide much needed space to accommodate Chemistry, Physics and Biology practical classes. Access to quality education is one of our local development project pillars, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4). In addition, the partners have also donated to the school five water storage tanks of 10,000-litre capacity to be utilized for harvesting rainwater to provide clean drinking and cooking water. 

In the same year, we signed a cooperation agreement with AVSI for the pilot installation of organic photovoltaic panels (OPV) in a school in Kwale County.


Exploring Kenya

It is among the most innovative East African countries in terms of energy.

It is considered a real economic hub. Its economy is one of the most dynamic in the region.

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