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Integrated energy access project in Congo

Between 2007 and 2015, we put in place energy infrastructure on a large scale in the Republic of Congo, improving access to energy for local communities.

Our results

After acquiring the onshore M’Boundi oilfield in 2007, we launched an integrated project to build the Djeno and Congo electricity generating stations, upgrade the energy transportation infrastructure and extend the energy distribution network to the city of Pointe-Noire .

In 2009, the installed capacity of the Djeno power station (CED) was doubled from 25 to 50 MW; since 2010, the CEC power station has had an installed capacity of 300 MW. Both power stations, fuelled by gas from the M’Boundi and Marine XII fields, are part of a programme to relaunch construction of the national high-voltage energy network between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire (510km), and to develop the energy distribution network in the city of Pointe-Noire itself. Together, the CEC and CED power stations account for 60 per cent of national electricity generation. The CEC alone would have the capacity to meet the country’s average daily electrical energy requirements if a high voltage energy network was in place. As it is, with their two 314 MW gas turbines, the power stations are currently able to cover three-quarters of the energy requirements of the local population. There are plans to invest in a third 170 MW turbine.

The energy access programme was completed in 2015. It includes the successful Hinda project, which supplies electricity generated by solar panels to 33 community facilities (11 health centres and 22 drinking-water wells).

Finally, in 2013, we launched a further project to exploit gas from the onshore Kouakouala field in the vicinity of M’Boundi. Using a system of portable gas-fuelled generators in the village of Mboubissi, adjacent to the oilfield, we are able to provide the energy for four wells, a health centre and local street lighting.

 

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Key figures

Wide-ranging distribution of electricity
6,500
Street lights in Pointe-Noire
300 MW Installed capacity – CEC power plant
Djeno Eletrical Power Station
50 MW
Installed capacity – Djeno power plant (CED)
Modernization program for the national high voltage network
510 kmDistance
Energy network Brazzaville-Point-Noire

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan incorporating 17 goals relating to the social and economic development of communities and countries. The Integrated Project for Access to Energy saw us play our part in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy (Goal 7), and helping to build resilient infrastructure, foster innovation and promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation (Goal 9).

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The story of the Congo electricity generating station

Safety first

Workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety.

 

The CEC is a great asset for the country, demonstrated by the fact that the power station has a strongly Congolese identity. Our relationship with the local population is, for us, absolutely fundamental. The human potential developed at the CEC is important for the country’s development.

by Mauro Dalmazzone, general manager of the CEC since February 2015

Impact on the environment and local communities

The CEC and CED power stations supply energy to the entire municipality of Pointe-Noire, and the excess electricity is transmitted to the city of Brazzaville via a recently upgraded high-voltage network. We have also installed more than 6,500 street lights, making Brazzaville a much safer place to live, and have extended street lighting to the neighbourhoods of 350,000 of the city’s inhabitants.