Natural gas and oil in New Caledonia

Energy consumption in New Caledonia

The most important measure in the energy balance of New Caledonia is the total consumption of
2.74 bn kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 10,071 kWh.

New Caledonia can provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 3 bn kWh, also 108% of own requirements. The rest of the self-produced energy is either exported into other countries or unused. 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

ElectricitytotalNew Caledonia
per capita
per capita
Own consumption2.74 bn kWh10,071.33 kWh11,842.76 kWh
Production2.95 bn kWh10,828.80 kWh12,428.52 kWh

Carbon footprint

CO2 emissions
in 2016
New Caledonia
per capita
per capita
total5.33 m t19.78 t0.31 t
› of which diesel + gasoline2.85 m t10.58 t0.14 t
› of which coal2.43 m t9.01 t0.09 t
› other sources51,338.00 t0.19 t0.09 t

Development of CO2 emissions from 1979 to 2016 in million tons

Carbon footprint New Caledonia

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 New Caledonia
in New Caledonia
per capita
in New Caledonia
per capita
Fossil fuels7.59 bn kWh87,0 %70,0 %27,916.75 kWh20,230.06 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %9,0 %0.00 kWh2,601.01 kWh
Water power698.14 m kWh8,0 %7,0 %2,567.06 kWh2,023.01 kWh
Renewable energy523.60 m kWh6,0 %14,0 %1,925.29 kWh4,046.01 kWh
Total production capacity8.73 bn kWh-100,0 %32,088.22 kWh28,900.09 kWh
Actual total production2.95 bn kWh33.7 %43.0 %10,828.80 kWh12,428.52 kWh

Note: The sum of each data in this table adds up to 101.00 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 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 4.8 percent of actual total consumption in New Caledonia. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2015:

Renewable energy New Caledonia