4 April 2019

Oil Empire: ENI* and the Making of the African Petroleum-scape

Urban Studies, University of Basel

Pages of an ENI brochure advertising the construction of the TAZAMA (Tanzanian Zambian Mafuta) oil pipeline, 1976. Source: ENI archive.

This paper introduces ENI (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi), the Italian National Hydrocarbon Agency as an agent in the production of space and illustrates the company’s supply chain expansion in early postcolonial Africa by focusing on a selection of infrastructures and architectures as case studies. The aim of the presentation is to open up a discussion on the theoretical framework, the main methodological aspects, and the overall structure of my ongoing PhD on ENI’s “disegno Africano.”

* Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi is the Italian National Hydrocarbon Agency
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