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.