Eni Discovers New Field In Ivory Coast In Record Time

Italian company Eni has commissioned a new oil and gas field in Côte d’Ivoire. This was announced by the company itself, emphasizing the very tight deadlines for the work and the economic and social consequences for this West African country.

The field called Baleine (literally, “Whale”) located off the Ivorian coast was discovered in 2021 and only 2 years later was put into service with the cooperation of its partner Petroci, a national oil company.

The first phase of the project involved the deployment of the Baleine FPSO, a floating production, storage, and offloading facility capable of processing up to 15,000 barrels of oil and approximately 25 million standard cubic feet per day. The second stage scheduled for the end of 2024 will increase production to 50 thousand barrels of oil and 70 million cubic feet of associated gas, and after the completion of the project it will reach 150 thousand barrels and 200 million cubic feet per day.

“The launch of Baleine is an important milestone for Eni. Starting with extraordinary success in exploration, we achieved the best time to market in this sector – less than 2 years after the announcement of a commercial discovery,” commented Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni. “This result reflects the base principles of our strategy that includes the innovative Zero Emissions in Africa project, accelerated development, gas supply to the local market, and promotion of a fair transition to carbon-free energy.”

Thanks to production at the Baleine field, on the one hand, the Ivorians’ access to energy resources will improve, and on the other hand, the country will be able to become a gas hub in West Africa, exporting fuel to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin, Togo, and Liberia. And oil production will help stimulate exports.

At the same time with the construction of new mining facilities, in partnership with the government of Côte d’Ivoire and the non-governmental organization AVSI, Eni started a project that promotes the distribution of improved stoves to the population in order to reduce wood consumption and related emissions. This will provide carbon loans that will offset the residual category 1+2 emissions associated with the development of the Baleine project. In 7 years, 300,000 stoves will be handed over and used by 1 million people.