With regard to access to water, the use of electricity to power the water well pumps alleviates in terms of time and distance the burden associated with the daily task of obtaining water, above all for the women and children of the rural communities covered by the Hinda Project. The electrification of health centres means that vaccines and medicines can be stored in fridges, tools and equipment can be sterilized before use, and patients can be seen in the evenings.
Access to energy enables the use of modern mass media communications to increase awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases that are preventable with adequate access to information.
In Mozambique, within the framework of agreements made with the Country’s government, in 2013 eni undertook the commitment to build a 75 MW power station in the province of Cabo Delgado. This represents a first step in a wider framework of cooperation on access to energy, which includes research on the potential for electrification projects, including off-grid ones, for local communities. In partnership with the Earth Institute, eni has carried out a study on the potential application in remote areas for reliable energy supply services, powered by a combination of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
Access to energy is deemed to be a key factor in progress with regard to development goals in education, health and agriculture. In 2013 eni spent 1.5 million euro on access to energy as part of social projects to benefit local communities.