Last Wednesday (November 13th), ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi and representatives of the Angolan Government signed a series of agreements, in areas such as local development, renewable energy, as well as health promotion and hydrocarbon research, to name but a few, so as to attest to the broad spectrum of said agreements.
The agreements are part of ENI’s commitment towards the support of diversification and sustainable growth of Angola. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the development of projects such as access to energy, economic diversification, protection and expansion of forests, safe water and sanitation, public health services and education.
Cabinda will be one of the priorities with an anticipated positive impact – around 6,500 jobs forecasted and a CO2 emission reduction capacity of around 380 kt per year.
This integrated local development program (LDP) was designed in the framework of the Angolan National Development Plan and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs, the climate objectives that each Nation has set for itself in the framework of the Paris Agreement to help limit the rise in global temperature), and contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the country’s 2030 Agenda.
ENI also signed a concession for a 50 MWp solar power plant in Namibe, a region where thecompany already supports rural development projects. The implementation of the first phase of the 25 MWp project will allow for a reduction in diesel consumption estimated at around 13,500 cubic meters per year, reducing electricity production costs and greenhouse gas emissions by around 20,000 tCO2eq / year.
The plant, to be built by Solenova, (a ENI/Sonangol JV) will be connected to the grid in the south. The initiative, in line with Angola’s energy strategy, aims to promote renewable energy, reducing diesel consumption, operating costs and associated CO2 emissions.
In line with the objectives of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), ENI and the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the specialized services of selected hospitals by investing in human resources development and in improving quality standards.
The project is one of the components of the Local Development Program and involves the selection of qualified Angolan personnel within health facilities in Luanda and the province of Cabinda.
The project includes skill development in the fields of cardiac surgery, nephrology, child nephrology, pediatric neurology, hematology / pediatric oncology, infectious diseases, nutrition, female health, child care, epidemiology, and a close collaboration between Angolan health institutions and Italian excellence health institutions, through job training and telemedicine. The project will directly benefit about 200 medical, paramedical and technical personnel of the various institutions involved, with a positive impact on the country through the improvement on the quality of the health service.
Finally, ENI and Angola’s National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANPG) signed contracts for the acquisition of mineral rights on the 1/14 offshore block (Eni, operator, 35%, in consortium with Equinor, 30%, Sonangol P&P 25%, and Acrep, 10%), and on the onshore block Cabinda Center (Eni, operator, 42.5%, ExxonMobil, 32.5%, and Sonangol P&P, 25%).
The agreements were signed between ENI and a delegation of representatives from Angolan institutions including the Minister of Mineral and Oil Resources Diamantino Azevedo, the Minister of Energy and Water João Baptista Borges, the Minister of Health Sílvia Lutucuta, the Chairman of ANPG’s Board of Directors Paulino Fernando de Carvalho Jerónimo, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonangol Sebastião Pai Querido Gaspar Martins.