Wood fuel remains a dominant fuel, especially in rural areas. However, as biomass/wood energy is currently used and is rising swiftly, the rate of deforestation is growing in an unsustainable fashion, and soon the forests of Congo will not be able to support the demand. The variation in the seasons and climate change could also have consequences on the production of electric energy. The latest 2018 estimates indicates that more than 70% of the Congo's primary energy consumption was from traditional biomass and waste (typically consisting of wood, charcoal, manure, and crop residues). This high share represents the use of biomass and waste to meet off-grid heating and cooking needs, mainly in rural areas. In 2018, the total primary energy supply in the country is 2817ktoe. It mainly relies on fossil fuels to provide energy, although there is a high proportion of unexploited hydroelectric energy. The energy sector remains dominated by oil activity.

As estimated by the Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ), Congo contained 3.2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven natural gas reserves as of January 2006. These reserve deposits constitute the fourth largest found in sub-Saharan Africa, behind Nigeria, Mozambique and Cameroon. Significant biomass energy potential exists in the country, particularly in the form of the production of palm oil for biodiesel. Some 12 million acres of land have been identified as having the potential to support some form of woody biomass for energy use.

Key Figures

5,38 M
Population (2019)
2,33 kus$
GDP/capita (2019)
22,39 GJ/capita
Energy Consumption/Pop. (2018)
2,80 Mtoe
Total Primary Energy Supply (2018)
2,36 Mtoe
Total Final Consumption (2018)
19,90 Mus$ 2010
GDP (2019)