Ver Angola

Defense

Eni renews support to demine another 40,000 square meters in Benguela province

The Italian oil company Eni renewed its support, for the third time in a row, to the non-governmental demining organization Halo Trust, to free more than 40,000 square meters of mines in the municipality of Balombo, Benguela province.

:

In a statement the oil company stressed that Halo Trust's "100 Women in Demining" project, with the new aid, will also implement awareness raising initiatives for covid-19.

Eni, also on behalf of its partners in Block 15/16, namely Sonangol and SSI Fiftenn Ltd, notes that it "has been supporting" the Halo Trust since 2017, "recognizing the importance of helping to promote access to safe land while encouraging the involvement of women".

With the support of Eni, he stressed the note, the project has trained and employed 23 women and cleared an area of more than 80,000 square meters, more than 100 landmines have been cleared and a small school has been built.

For this year, the project includes specific training on covid-19 awareness and best practices, including the use of appropriate protective equipment.

"The '100 Women in Demining' project contributes to the goal of a Benguela province without landmines impact by the end of 2023 and an Angola without landmines impact by 2025," reads the document.

Among the main objectives, the project aims to prevent landmine accidents and return to productive use of land, contribute to the empowerment of Angolan women through employment and training, and improve women's professional opportunities after demining.

Strengthening and providing new opportunities for the families of those employed, contributing to changes in attitudes towards women's roles in Angola, especially with regard to participation and leadership in the labor market are also objectives of the project.

Eni has been present in Angola since 1980 and, in addition to Block 15/06, currently operates the Cabinda Norte, Cabinda Centro, 1/14 and 28 Blocks.