Focus on

Our Africa

A continent in the history, the present and the future of Eni.

Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi and Sonangol’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Carlos Saturnino signed today an agreement that assigns operatorship of Cabinda North block to Eni, as well as 48% the block’s rights. We strengthen our presence in the upstream, downstream, trading and renewable sectors in Angola, with joint projects throughout the energy value chain. The signing took place in Luanda, in 27 November 2017, at the presence of the President of the Republic of Angola João Gonçalves Lourenço and the Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni.
On 28 November, Paolo Gentiloni continued his visit to Ghana where, together with Eni chief executive Claudio Descalzi, he visited the FPSO Kufuor, Eni’s floating, production, storage and offloading unit in offshore Ghana.

The six-legged dog left its first traces in the Egyptian desert in 1954. Today Africa provides over half of Eni’s total production of oil and natural gas, confirming the company as the leading international producer in the continent.

Energy and diversification are the key elements for Africa’s long-term development. Lack of access to energy in Africa entrenches poverty and encourages migration, depriving countries of some of their best people. The private sector can make a huge contribution to the use of resources for local development through investment, skills and technology.


If Africa is the fastest growing continent, and that’s what we need it to be then Europe must find a unified vision to help itself by supporting Africa. If you help your interlocutor to become stronger, that makes you stronger too.

Claudio Descalzi

Eni has created significant prospects for growth in Africa with important discoveries in Egypt, Angola, Congo, Gabon, Ghana and in Mozambique We operate in 15 countries, in eight of which we are engaged in exploration while in the other seven we are also engaged in activities related to production. By opening the Countries gallery and clicking on the photos, you can find out more about Eni’s activities and sustainability projects.

Six of our seven special projects are in Africa with one thing in common: extremely rapid approval and production start-up times. The secret is the simultaneous development preparation analysis, from the earliest stages of the exploration campaign, using key technology tool, essential for the management of uncertainty. The skills and commitment of our people make us the best-in-class in exploration, reservoir modelling, drilling and development and enable us to identify opportunities where others see difficulties.


This timeline covers the main events in which the history of Africa has coincided with that of our company. The events and the discoveries that have marked a friendship that began in the 1950s…


    Eni begins exploration activities abroad, starting with Somalia.


    Meeting between Mattei and Nasser regarding the involvement of Agip Mineraria in oil exploration in Egypt.


    Somip, Società Marocchino-Italiana dei Petroli, is established to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Morocco.


    First delivery of crude oil from the El Borma field in Tunisia arrives in Genoa.


    A contract of association was signed between ERAP (Entreprise de recherches et d’activités pétrolières) and Agip for oil exploration in Congo.


    Discovery of large field offshore Bouri, Libya.


    The Transmed gas pipeline becomes operational 2,200 kilometers long, it transports natural gas from Algeria to Italy, crossing Tunisia and the Strait of Sicily.


    Two agreements are signed in Egypt for the development of a gas field in the El Qaria area and for exploration in the Ras Qattara area.


    Three new oil exploration agreements are signed with the Egyptian government for areas of the Nile Delta and along the border with Libya.


    The Greenstream undersea gas pipeline, which connects Mellitah, in Libya, with Gela, in Sicily, begins operation.


    Eni and Sonangol announce the success of deep-water exploration activities in offshore Angol.


    A MoU is signed with PetroSA, the Republic of South Africa’s state-owned oil company. Significant offshore discovery made at the Gye Nyame 1 well in Ghana.


    A new “giant” discovery of natural gas is made in the east of Area 4, in offshore Mozambique.


    An important new discovery is made at the Agulha exploration prospect in area 4, in offshore Mozambique.


    July: a potential 500 million boe in gas and condensates discovered in the Nyonie Deep 1 well in the waters off the coast of Gabon. October: a significant oil discovery is made at the Minsala Marine exploration prospect in offshore Congo.


    Eni discovers Zohr, a supergiant gas field in the Egyptian offshore, the largest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea.


    Eni announces the approval of the Plan of Development for the Coral discovery, in Area 4 offshore Mozambique. The approval relates to the first phase of development of 5 trillion cubic feet of gas in the discovery.


    A new record for ENI: in just two-and-a-half years, three months ahead of schedule as defined in our development plan, the Integrated Oil & Gas Development Project, in the OCTP block off the coast of Ghana, has entered production.


For Eni access to energy is a fundamental element for the development of the countries in which it operates and guarantees the growth of local energy systems. as, for example, in the Republic of Congo, where the integrated Hinda project aims to improve the living conditions of the communities in the areas surrounding the M’Boundi onshore field, in the Hinda district, by reducing the proportion of the population that lives beneath the poverty level.

Local content


The “dual flag” relationship model

Eni’s presence in less industrialised countries offers great opportunities for development through the participation of individuals and local businesses in industrial activities, the transfer of skills and knowledge, and the strengthening of the capacities of communities. This approach has its roots in what is known as the “Mattei formula”: making producer countries autonomous from the energy supply point of view, and choosing a path of dialogue and respect for cultures.



  • 996thousand

    boe/day of total hydrocarbon production 2016

    996 thousand

    Eni’s total production is 1.759 boe/day

  • 1,572mln

    boe/day of total hydrocarbon production 2016

    1,572 mln

    boe/day of total hydrocarbon production 2016

  • 351,392mln

    m3 of natural gas

    351,392 mln

    among Eni’s proven hydrocarbon reserves in 2016

  • 3,546people

    working in Africa

    3,546 people

    including 2,798 locals

A series of articles takes us on voyage of discovery of some of the countries in which Eni operates. Stories, portraits and impressions give us an image of an Africa that is growing.