Our work in the Republic of Congo

We have been in the country since 1968, in the Exploration & Production sector, where we work both offshore and onshore and in Refining & Marketing & Chemicals, also though Versalis and its portfolio of oil field chemicals.


Eni supports energy transition and decarbonization in the country

In September 2022, the President of the Republic of Congo met Eni’s Chief Executive Officer to discuss the Company’s main business activities in the country, as well as other innovative initiatives. Mr Sassou Nguesso and Mr Descalzi focused on the progress made towards the valorisation and commercialisation of the country's gas resources, which will enable the export of around 1 billion cubic metres of gas in the winter of 2023-2024 and up to 4.5 billion per year from winter 2024-2025 onwards through the use of floating LNG facilities. Studies are also underway to implement Natural Climate Solutions projects in forestry, in synergy with agri-feedstock initiatives. These will generate carbon credits and positive social and economic impacts for local communities while promoting biodiversity conservation.  The parties also took stock of the upcoming project to distribute improved cookstoves, which will replace traditional biomass devices, significantly reducing the impact on forests.

In line with Eni's strategy to leverage gas equity resources, in August 2022 we acquired the company Export LNG Ltd, which owns the Tango FLNG floating liquefaction facility. The facility will be used as part of the activities of the natural gas development project in the Marine XII block. The acquisition of this facility allows the development of a fast-track model capable of seizing the opportunities of the LNG market.

In April 2022, leveraging its consolidated partnership with the country, Eni signed framework agreement with the Republic of Congo to boost joint E&P operations and increase natural gas exports towards Europe. In particular the increase of natural gas production in the country will leverage also on the development of a LNG project with start-up expected in 2023 and a capacity of 4.5 billion cubic meters a year once fully operational.

In October 2021 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the joint development of the agro-biofuel sector in the country. The MoU sets the framework for the industrial scale production of castor oil, to provide feedstock for Eni’s bio-refinery system, while also creating employment opportunities and expanding agricultural activities to marginal and abandoned lands, avoiding impacts on agricultural areas and activities currently destined for food production.  We are starting to build the first agri-hub in Loudima, in the department of Bouenza, with a yield of 30,000 tonnes of vegetable oil per year, thus achieving 170.000 tonnes/year in 2026 and 200.000 tonnes/year by 2030, delivering significant economic and social developments for rural communities.

It will be a seed-to-oil processing plant, but also a multifunctional centre where local farmers can receive training and technical support. We will continue building more agri-hubs and in 2026 we expect to reach a production of 150,000 tonnes of oil per year. Expected impacts include income generation for more than 5,000 households in 2023, rising to 100,000 by 2030. It is a great opportunity for the development and diversification of the country's economy. This MoU opens a new area of activity for Eni in Congo, in support of the Congolese National Development Plan for Agriculture 2018-2022, and builds upon Eni’s commitment to contribute to the decarbonisation of African countries’ energy mix, leveraging the contribution that biofuels can make to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.


Actions for gas supply diversification

We are working to diversify natural gas supplies, in synergy with producing countries and maintaining the Net Zero target at 2050.


Seeds for energy

A journey through images to discover Eni's agri-hubs between Italy and Africa.


New strategies to decarbonize transports

Biofuels from castor oil, croton nuts and cotton. This is the future of Eni's biorefining system.

Exploration and development work goes on

Our activities are concentrated in the conventional and deep offshore facing Pointe-Noire and onshore Koilou region over a developed and undeveloped acreage of 2,484 square kilometers (1,306 square kilometers net to Eni). Eni’s main operated producing interests are the Nené Marine and Litchendjili (Eni’s interest 65%), Zatchi (Eni’s interest 55.25%), Loango (Eni’s interest 42.5%), Ikalou (Eni’s interest 100%), Djambala (Eni’s interest 50%), Foukanda and Mwafi (Eni’s interest 58%), Kitina (Eni’s interest 52%), Awa Paloukou (Eni’s interest 90%), M’Boundi (Eni’s interest 83%) and Kouakouala (Eni’s interest 74.25%) fields and other relevant non-operated producing areas located in the Pointe-Noire Grand Fond (Eni’s interest 29.75%) and Likouala (Eni’s interest 35%) permits. During 2021 Eni relinquished the Loango II (Enis’ interest 42.5%) and Zatchi II (Eni’s interest 55.25%) production assets, effective from January 1st, 2022, in line with Eni’s strategy of production portfolio rationalization. Exploration and production activities in Congo are regulated by Production Sharing Agreements. In 2021, production averaged 70 kboe a day net to Eni. Development activities in the year concerned:

  • the PSA contract of the Marine XII production block was amended to include a new tax regime dedicated to LNG projects. Ongoing studies provides for a fast-track development project to monetize the associated and non-associated gas in the area both for the domestic power generation and LNG export, also targeting to support zero routine flaring. The export project Exploration & Production 19 consists of two modular and in phases LNG liquefaction plants. Start-up is expected in 2023 and a capacity of 4.5 billion cubic meters a year once fully operational
  • the additional development phase of the Nené-Banga production field in the Marine XII block with a construction of a new production platform. Start-up took place in 2022.

We create energy

In the Congo all our gas production is turned into electricity for local consumption. We are continuing to develop Nené Marine and have improved the health of communities, promoted care for biodiversity and provided access to energy. In 2018 we also opened the Musée du Cercle Africain in celebration of local culture and art.  In 2021, in the cultural initiatives to support local community, the construction activities progressed at the Renewable Energy Research in Oyo. Thanks to its consolidated experience in the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers (platform with the aim of accelerating energy and climate transformation in developing countries), UNIDO has developed a 5-year strategic plan aimed at supporting the country in taking charge of the Centre, ensuring its long-term sustainability. The UN agency's extensive network of industry relationships will also enable it to engage additional partners in the dialogue to assess potential synergies.

Nené Marine

The field Nené Marine, in the block Marine XII (of which we are an operator with 65%), located about 17 km of the coast and 28 m underwater, is near existing plants and produces hydrocarbons from the pre-salt formation Djeno, 2.5 km below seabed level. The development of Litchendjili Marine, which supplies gas to the domestic market through Congo power station, was followed by the discovery and use of oil in the Nené field.

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The Integrated Energy Access Project in Congo

We developed a large-scale energy access model in the country and we launched an integrated project that allowed us to build the power plants Centrale Électrique du Djéno (CED) and Centrale Électrique du Congo (CEC), upgraded the energy transport infrastructure between Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville, and extended the electricity distribution network in the city of Pointe-Noire.


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

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Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Hinda Integrated Project

We help improve living conditions and socio-economic development in villages in the Hinda district, in the same area as the fields M’Boundi, Kouakouala, Zingali and Loufika, where we work. We have provided access to drinking water, improved medical services and primary education. We have also informed and trained the community and increased agricultural production, in part through the CATREP project. In addition to the SDGs mentioned in the cards below, we also contribute to the achievement of goals 3,4,6,7.

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find out more about Hinda
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End poverty in all its forms everywhere


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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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

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Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Energy for development

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


COVID-19: our global commitment

As pandemic challenges increase globally, so does our commitment to the communities in the countries where we operate.