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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

04 May 23
Congo (Brazzaville): Aker Solutions awarded additional Moho infill wells by TotalEnergies
Aker Solutions has been awarded a sizeable contract by TotalEnergies to provide its deepwater standard Subsea Production Systems for three additional infill wells tied-back to the Moho Nord field in the Republic of the Congo.
26 Apr 23
Congo (Brazzaville): Eni inaugurates Congo LNG project in the Republic of the Congo
Eni has launched Congo LNG, the country's first natural gas liquefaction project and one of Eni's core supply diversification initiatives. The project, which will exploit the huge gas resources of Marine XII, is expected to reach an overall liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity of 3 million tons per year (approx. 4.5 billion cubic meters/year) from 2025.
13 Apr 23
PetroNor E&P reports production increase of 47 per cent year-on-year in Q1 2023
PetroNor E&P has announced a net average production of 5,206 bopd* in the first quarter of 2023, representing an 11 per cent increase compared with 4,688 bopd in the previous quarter. This improvement is driven by investment in new well capacity and continued good performance from the PNGF Sud field complex in Congo over the past year.
20 Feb 23
Congo (Brazzaville): Zenith Energy fails in its bid for a new 25-year licence to operate the Tilapia oil field
Following Zenith Energy's submission of a comprehensive technical and commercial offer to the Ministry of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo for the award of a new 25-year licence in relation to the Tilapia oilfield, on July 20, 2020, the Company has now become aware that a company named Olive Energy E&P has been awarded a licence to operate the Tilapia oilfield.
08 Feb 23
Congo (Brazzaville): PetroNor E&P confirms first sale of PNGF Sud oil for 2023
PetroNor E&P has confirmed that 317,904 bbl were lifted from the Djeno Terminal at the start of this week. (An amount equivalent to 40% of the total bbl lifted during 2022.)

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