Natural gas and oil in Burkina Faso

Energy consumption in Burkina Faso

The most important figure in the energy balance of Burkina Faso is the total consumption of
2.03 billion kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 92 kWh.

Burkina Faso can partly be self-sufficient with domestically produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is two bn kWh. That is 83 percent of the country's own usage. The rest of the needed energy is imported from foreign countries. Along with pure consumption, the production, imports and exports play an important role. Other energy sources, such as natural gas or crude oil are also used.

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Energy Balance

ElectricitytotalBurkina Faso
per capita
per capita
Own consumption2.03 bn kWh92.01 kWh11,744.38 kWh
Production1.68 bn kWh76.08 kWh12,198.66 kWh
Import600.00 m kWh27.15 kWh185.15 kWh

19.0% of the country's population (as of 2020) has access to electricity. In rural areas, the share was 4.7%

CO₂ emissions

CO₂ emissions
in 2019
Burkina Faso
per capita
per capita
total5.00 m t0.24 t14.52 t
› of which diesel + gasoline4.44 bn t212.11 t7,179.51 t

Development of CO₂ emissions from 1960 to 2019 in million tons
See also: CO₂ equivalents by country

CO₂ emissions Burkina Faso

Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities for electric energy have a theoretical value, which can only be obtained under ideal conditions. They are measuring the generatable amount of energy, that would be reached under permanent and full use of all capacities of all power plants.

In practice this isn't possible, because e.g. solar collectors are less efficient under clouds. Also wind- and water-power plants are not always operating under full load. All these values are only useful in relation to other energy sources or countries.

Energy sourcetotal
in Burkina Faso
in Burkina Faso
per capita
in Burkina Faso
per capita
Fossil fuels3.07 bn kWh89,4 %59,9 %138.91 kWh2.06 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %19,5 %0.00 kWh0.67 kWh
Solar energy113.32 m kWh3,3 %3,2 %5.13 kWh0.11 kWh
Wind power0.00 kWh0,0 %8,3 %0.00 kWh0.29 kWh
Water power236.94 m kWh6,9 %7,0 %10.72 kWh0.24 kWh
Tidal Power Plants0.00 kWh0,0 %0,0 %0.00 kWh0.00 kWh
Geothermics0.00 kWh0,0 %0,4 %0.00 kWh0.01 kWh
Biomass13.74 m kWh0,4 %1,7 %0.62 kWh0.06 kWh

Note: The sum of each data in this table adds up to 100.00 percent and may not be accurate. receives this data from the US Office of Public Affairs (CIA) and will not make any presumptuous changes to it.

Usage of renewable energies

Renewable energy includes wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources. This means all energy sources that renew themselves within a short time or are permanently available. Energy from hydropower is only partly a renewable energy. This is certainly the case with river or tidal power plants. Otherwise, numerous dams or reservoirs also produce mixed forms, e.g. by pumping water into their reservoirs at night and recovering energy from them during the day when there is an increased demand for electricity. Since it is not possible to clearly determine the amount of generated energy, all energy from hydropower is displayed separately.

In 2019, renewable energy accounted for around 64.9 percent of actual total consumption in Burkina Faso. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2019:

Renewable energy Burkina Faso
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