Pointe Noire (Congo Republic), 16 December 2020 – In the presence of Alexandre Mabiala, President of the Departmental Council of Kouilou, of Guy Edmond Loemba, Vice-prefect of Hinda, of village chiefs, local authorities and the public, Mr Gaston Yvon Nkouka-Dienita, Head of Community and Territorial Initiatives Division of Eni Congo, on behalf of the General Manager, has delivered today three potable water wells to the Tchitondi, Dionga and Bondi villages. With these new wells, the total number of potable water wells delivered by Eni Congo rises to 30, to benefit a population of around 20,000 people.
The three wells are powered by photovoltaic energy; the tanks’ capacity ranges from 10 to 12 m3, supplied with 1250W, 1980W and 3500W pumps, respectively. In order to ensure adequate technical management, Eni Congo has established and trained management committees in charge of monitoring access to the wells according to schedules, and of ensuring technical maintenance and the observance of hygiene standards, with a focus on measures against Covid-19. The management committees promote the sustainability of the venture, as they facilitate the involvement of local communities.
This initiative complies with the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 31 August 2011 with the Congolese Government and is part of the Integrated Hinda Project (PIH), that aims to contribute to human development by improving life conditions of communities that luìive near Eni Congo’s onshore operational area.
Access to water is one of the main areas of intervention of the PIH, as it contributes to reduce water-borne diseases. Moreover, improved access to water boosts income generation, as it contributes to increase agricultural productivity.
Eni Congo promotes local development through community investment initiatives in a perspective of public-private partnership, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The PIH is involved different areas of action, with a specific focus on health, agriculture, access to water and education (SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 17), with a budget of over 13 million dollars for the first phase of the project (2011-2015) and of 5 million for the second phase (2016-2019).