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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

03 May 21
Congo Brazzaville: Exploring Congo in Context with MegaSurveyPlus
The remaining potential offshore Congo is unlocked by a quantitative interpretation of PGS large MegaSurveyPlus dataset. The geology of the region is revealed beyond block boundaries, enabling new insights into the petroleum systems, play fairways, and analogous discoveries. Opportunities can now be analyzed in reliable prestack detail down to prospect level, to improve investment decisions.
16 Mar 21
Congo (Brazzaville): Total and Foret Ressources Management to plant a 40,000-hectare forest in the Republic of the Congo
Total and Forêt Ressources Management have signed a partnership agreement with the Republic of the Congo to plant a 40,000-hectare forest on the Batéké Plateaux.
18 Feb 21
Congo Brazzaville: PetroNor increases its indirect ownership of PNGF Sud, Congo Brazzaville
PetroNor E&P has announced that the Company's net indirect interest in PNGF Sud, offshore Congo Brazzaville, PetroNor’s core asset, will increase from 10.5% to 16.83%.
10 Feb 21
Congo (Brazzaville): Zenith Energy announces successful completion of IPU in Congo
Zenith Energy has received formal confirmation regarding the successful completion of the Inquiry of Public Utility ('IPU'), following an in-depth technical and financial review, performed by the Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo. The Company will now proceed with the potential finalisation and ratification of the PSC for Tilapia II.
08 Dec 20
Congo Brazzaville: CGG signs multi-client airborne gravity gradient survey agreement with SNPC in Congo
CGG is mobilizing to acquire the industry’s first-ever multi-client airborne gravity and magnetic survey of the onshore Congo Cuvette Basin in the Republic of Congo after signing an agreement with the SNPC and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons. The project has already received significant prefunding from the oil and gas industry.

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