Energy consumption in the Republic of the Congo

The most important measure in the energy balance of the Republic of the Congo is the total consumption of
912.00 million kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 170 kWh.


The Republic of the Congo could provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 2 bn kWh, which is 186% of the countries own usage. Despite this, the Republic of the Congo is trading energy with foreign countries. Along with pure consumptions 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

ElectricitytotalCongo
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption912.00 m kWh169.50 kWh5,511.05 kWh
Production1.70 bn kWh315.21 kWh5,925.27 kWh
Import18.00 m kWh3.35 kWh729.94 kWh
Export22.00 m kWh4.09 kWh707.85 kWh
Crude OilBarrel
Congo
per capita

Compared to Europe
per capita
Production340,000.00 bbl0.063 bbl0.005 bbl
Export254,100.00 bbl0.047 bbl0.004 bbl
Natural GasCubic meters
Congo
per capita

Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption1.39 bn m³257.78 m³903.40 m³
Production1.39 bn m³257.78 m³456.61 m³



Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions in 2016Congo
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
total3.28 m t0.66 t6.47 t
› of which diesel + gasoline2.32 m t0.47 t2.74 t
› of which natural gas487,711.00 t0.10 t1.58 t
› other sources473,043.00 t0.09 t2.14 t


Development of CO2 emissions from 1979 to 2016 in million tons

Carbon footprint Congo


Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities for electric energy have a theoretical value, which could only be obtainable 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 unter 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 the Republic of the Congo
percentage
in the Republic of the Congo
percentage
in Europe
per capita
in the Republic of the Congo
per capita
in Europe
Fossil fuels3.32 bn kWh64,0 %49,2 %616.33 kWh8,115.37 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %7,0 %0.00 kWh1,154.29 kWh
Water power1.87 bn kWh36,0 %24,1 %346.69 kWh3,977.20 kWh
Renewable energy0.00 kWh0,0 %19,7 %0.00 kWh3,274.42 kWh
Total production capacity5.18 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %963.02 kWh16,489.87 kWh


Usage of renewable energies

Renewable energies include 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 energies from hydropower are displayed separately.

In 2015, renewable energies accounted for around 62.4 percent of actual total consumption in the Republic of the Congo. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2015:

Renewable energy Congo