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Country profile: Congo (Brazzaville)

Location: Western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon
Climate: tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); persistent high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equator
Terrain: coastal plain, southern basin, central plateau, northern basin
Size: 342000 sq. km total (Land area: 341500 sq. km  Water area: 500 sq.km)
Population: 3,903,318
Languages: French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo is the most widespread)
Government: republic
Capital city: Brazzaville
Legal system: based on French civil law system and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XAF); note

Country profile

Congo’s hydrocarbon industry is the country’s primary source of economic growth. According to the World Bank, the oil sector accounts for roughly 65 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), and oil exports account for around 90 percent of total export revenues. Congo’s oil production has grown over the past year and industry analysts predict continued production growth through 2010.

Congo’s energy consumption is dominated by oil (78 percent), with the remainder coming from hydroelectricity (22 percent). Natural gas, coal, nuclear and other renewables are currently not part of the country’s energy consumption mix.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Production: 235,900 bbl/day 115 million cu m (2005 est.)
Consumption: 7,000 bbl/day (2005 est.) 115 million cu m (2005 est.)
Exports: 229,700 bbl/day (2004 est.)  
Imports: 11,410 bbl/day(2004 est.)  
Reserves: 1 billion bbl (1 January 2006 est.) 86 billion cu m (1 January 2006 est.)
Major fields:

Congo (Brazzaville) - recent news

09 May 24
Congo Brazzaville: PetroNor E&P confirms USD 48.3 million cash sale of PNGF Sud oil
PetroNor E&P confirms that 583,695 bbls of oil were lifted and sold from the Djeno Terminal to ADNOC, the National Oil Company of Abu Dhabi in May 2024, generating a cash inflow of USD 48.28 million at a realised price of USD 82.71 per barrel.
24 Apr 24
Republic of Congo: TotalEnergies increases its interest in giant field Moho and divests two mature assets
TotalEnergies has announced that its 85%-owned affiliate, TotalEnergies EP Congo, has signed an agreement with Trident Energy combining the acquisition of an additional 10% interest in the Moho license from Trident Energy and the sale to Trident Energy of its 53.5% interest in the Nkossa and Nsoko II licenses.
10 Apr 24
Congo (Brazaville): PetroNor E&P provides Q1 2024 production update and announces a new discovery in the Tchibeli NE Vanji resevoir
PetroNor E&P has provided an update on the Congo operations related to the PNGF Sud field complex. First quarter average net working interest production was 5,025 bopd, compared with 5,295 bopd in the previous quarter and 5,237 bopd in the same period in 2023. The new Tchibeli NE infill well encountered oil bearing sandstones.
12 Mar 24
Congo Brazzaville: Eni completes sale of upstream assets in Congo to Perenco
Eni has announced the closing for the sale to Perenco of Eni participation interest in several upstream permits in Congo, non-core to the Company strategy in the Country.
27 Feb 24
Congo Brazzaville: Eni celebrates Congo’s first LNG cargo
On the occasion of the first shipment of LNG from the Republic of the Congo, the President of the Republic of the Congo Denis Sassou-N'Guesso, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eni Giuseppe Zafarana, and the CEO of Eni Claudio Descalzi celebrated the successful start-up of LNG production in the country.

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