Central African Republic - Energy and power



Wood supplies 80% of the country's energy needs. Electric power production was 104 million kWh in 2000 (all from fossil fuels), and consumption was 330 million kWh. Bangui is supplied by two hydroelectric generators and one thermal plant. A new dam on the Mbali (a joint project with Democratic Republic of the Congo), which permits year-round hydroelectric generation, opened in late 1991. Total installed capacity was 40,000 kW (about 50% hydroelectric) in 2001.

Exxon drilled an exploratory oil well in 1985, but further work was deemed economically infeasible. Any oil production would depend on the connection of a pipeline from Chad to Douala, Cameroon. In 1994, the Central African Republic's average daily fuel imports included 530 barrels of distillate fuel oil, 500 barrels of jet fuel, 470 barrels of kerosene, and 370 barrels of gasoline.

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