"We are working to build a future in which everyone can have efficient and sustainable access to energy." (Eni's Mission)
For Eni access to energy is a prerequisite and a guarantee for the development of the countries in which it operates.
The key challenge facing the energy sector today is to find a balance between maximising access to energy and combatting climate change. One of the key elements in facing this challenge is our "cooperation model", which aims to support the development of local communities, contribute to reducing socio-economic inequalities in areas in which we operate and ensuring the involvement of all stakeholders. In this sense, our objective is to expand access to energy in an efficient and sustainable way, also by focusing on the development of local markets.
The strategy to reduce social and economic gaps by developing energy sources is an integral part of the business model. In this regard, Eni invests in building infrastructures for the production and transport of gas for both export and local consumption for electricity generation. This aims at developing local markets, aware that growing together reinforces the company’s credibility and opens new business opportunities as well as consolidates the link with Countries. This has allowed Eni to reach new local markets and guarantee Countries energy independence, which is necessary for economic growth. Overall, Eni supplies the domestic markets in 17 Countries thanks to a supply of 60 billion cubic metres of natural gas in 2018 (+17% vs 2016). In particular, in 11 Countries Eni sells its entire production to supply the domestic market.
Eni has invested a total of approximately $2 billion in subsaharan Africa in the construction and restoration of networks and power plants in Nigeria and in Congo (CEC and CED power plants), with a significant reduction of gas flaring in both Countries. In Nigeria, the Okpai power plant has an installed capacity of 480 MW and has generated about 35,000 GWh of energy (about 8-12% of the country’s capacity) since 2005. In 2019, it is expected to double its installed power capacity to reach about 1 GW, making it one of the largest combined cycle plants with low environmental impact and high efficiency. In addition, the Congo power plant (CEC), built as a result of an agreement between Eni and the Republic of Congo, is the country’s main producer of electricity. Eni has developed a large-scale energy access model: the CEC is part of the Congo Integrated Gas Power Generation Project and since 2010 it has been supplying electricity to the cities of Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville, thanks to the upgrading of the transport network to Brazzaville and the expansion of the distribution network in Pointe-Noire. To date, with two gas turbines and a capacity of 314 MW, the CEC covers three-quarters of the energy demand of the local population. Eni has started a new investment that provides for the installation of a third 170 MW turbine (scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2019).