Eni Ghana, on behalf of its partners in the OCTP project, GNPC and Vitol, has completed the distribution of 600 improved domestic wood fuel cookstoves in coastal communities in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region, with the aim of enhancing access to modern, clean and safe energy sources.
The initiative represents the first milestone of the Rural Clean Cooking pilot project developed with World Bank and the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstove (GHACCO) to reduce exposure to unhealthy wood-smoke and decrease pressure on the depletion of forest resources.
The 10 beneficiary communities are Sanzule, Krisan, Eikwe, Bakanta, Atuabo, Anokyi, Asemda, Ngalekpoley, Ngalekyi and Baku, all of which located in the OCTP Onshore Gas Receiving Facility’s area of influence. Prior to the distribution, an awareness campaign was carried out in all ten communities in order to sensitize them about the use and benefits of the cookstoves.
The cookstoves have been produced locally by indigenous Ghanaian manufacturers and tested by the Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The involvement of CSIR was to ensure that the choice of the technology complies with National and the ISO (International Standards’ Organisation) standards for Cookstoves.
The Rural Clean Cooking pilot project is part of a broader Local Development Project, with a budget of over $9 million, developed by Eni Ghana with its OCTP partners, Vitol and GNPC to promote inclusive economic growth and well-being of people living in the OCTP’s area of influence.
Eni is Operator of the OCTP Integrated Oil & Gas Development Project (Eni 44.44%, Vitol 35.56%, GNPC 20%), which produces oil and non-associated gas of the Sankofa and Gye-Nyame reservoirs.