Deal #1164

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Niari, Congo

Target country
Congo, Rep.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
70000.0

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Agriculture unspecified

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2009] Intended (Under negotiation)
Failed (Negotiations failed)
Comment on negotiation status
MoU signed in 2009

Operating company

Name of investment project
Food Plus Biodiesel
Comment on investment chain
Ministry of Agriculture and International Organisations as a domestic partner. Eni stresses the project is being led by the Congolese Ministry of Agriculture implemented by a Consortium formed by the Ministry and international organizations, with Eni having an option on a 10% stake.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2010-01-01
Comment on data source
"Oil palm in Africa: Past, Present And Future Scenarios", by Ricardo Carrere, from World Rainforest Movement

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-01-01
Comment on data source
Farm Land Grab- With farmlands being grabbed, Africa too awaits march of the millions

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Rainforest foundation - Seeds of destruction

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2009-11-01
Comment on data source
Energy Futures? Eni’s investments in tar sands and palm oil in the Congo Basin

Data source #5

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
Communities in Africa fight back against the land grab for palm oil
Date
2019-09-19

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Oil Palm

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
POL (Palm oil production);BIO (Biofuel production)

Overall comment

Overall comment
Italian oil & gas firm. Has had presence in Congo since 1968; ‘protocol agreement’ signed with governent Nov 2008; MoU signed in 2009; Niari in NW Congo. Eni says its role is as technical consultant to MinAg to help identify most suitable areas and create a consortium to implement the project, in which it will have a maximum stake of 10%. Eni website says feasibility studies are ongoing, and plan is to do environmental and social impact assessment and follow RSPO. In Feb 2009 a special FAO mission visited Congo to evaluate the project’s potential. This included a visit to the site at Mbé, in Pool region. Congo environmental legislation requires ESIAs to be made public. Eni is also working with Congo government on developing tar sands and building a gas-fired power station. The tar sands area of exploration is 70% primary forest, so could impact forests more than the proposed oil palm plantation. Status of investment unclear - since Eni was only advising, it could be that part or all of this 70,000ha is the same land later provided to Fri-El-Green (#1165) or Biocongo.

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