Focus on

Our Africa

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

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. Our presence in Africa is strategic. We are committed to projects to facilitate access to energy, integrating the Oil & Gas business with environmental sustainability and social activities.

“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 responds to La Stampa

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…

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.

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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.