Middle East / Africa
Country profile: Congo (Democratic Rep.)
|Location:||Central Africa, northeast of Angola ,0|
|Climate:||tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)|
|Terrain:||vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east|
|Size:||2345410 sq. km total (Land area: 2267600 sq. km Water area: 77810 sq.km)|
|Languages:||French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba|
|Legal system:||a new constitution was adopted by referendum 18 December 2005; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations|
|Currency:||Congolese franc (CDF)|
Congo started production in 1957 from the onshore Pointe Indienne field. In the 10 years between 1988 and 1998, the Congo's crude production almost doubled from 144,000 bpd to 265,000 bpd. Most of Congo's crude production is located offshore and is highly reliant on foreign personnel and technology. Elf and Agip are the largest and second largest concessionaires in the Congo respectively.
Energy production and consumption
Congo (Democratic Rep.) - recent news
|07 Apr 19
||Congo (DRC): Democratic Republic of Congo plans oil licensing round this year
Democratic Republic of Congo plans to launch a licensing round this year for more than 20 onshore oil and gas blocks, the oil ministry said on Friday, its first since adopting a new hydrocarbons code in 2015.
|01 Jul 18
||Congo (DRC): Congo to open two national parks up to oil drilling
Democratic Republic of Congo's government said on Friday that it has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species, to oil drilling.
|16 Feb 18
||Congo (DRC): Congo defends right to explore for oil in national parks
Democratic Republic of Congo’s oil minister on Thursday defended the country’s right to explore for oil anywhere on its territory after media reports that President Joseph Kabila approved drilling in Africa’s largest tropical rainforest reserve.
|06 Dec 17
||Congo (DRC): INPEX and partners agree to extension of concession Offshore D.R. Congo Block
INPEX and its partners Muanda International Oil Company (MIOC) and Chevron have reached an agreement with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to extend the duration of the concession agreement for the Offshore D.R. Congo Block for a period of 20 years.
Congo (Democratic Rep.) - more news
Other countries in this region
- Central Africa Republic,
- Congo (Brazzaville),
- Cote d'Ivoire,
- Equatorial Guinea,
- Guinea (Republic),
- Guinea Bissau,
- Sao Tome,
- Saudi Arabia,
- Sierra Leone,
- South Africa,
- South Sudan,
- United Arab Emirates,
- Western Sahara,