Gabon Energy

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In April 2013, the Ocean Rig Olympia started drilling a first well at 1700 metres of water depth to test the pre-salt potential of Diaba, an oil block located in Gabon’s southern basin and owned by Total Gabon (42.5%), Marathon Oil (21.25%), Cobalt International Energy (21.25%) and the government of Gabon (15%). This is the first deepwater or ultra-...

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The country’s production has been successfully maintained at 240,000 barrels per day (bpd) over the past four years and is expected to remain at that level for the next three years. Major producers are Perenco, Shell and Total, with each producing about 60,000 bpd. In 2013, three oil discoveries have been made: Mitsubishi Petroleum had a...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Gabon 2013

Over the last 50 years Gabon’s economy has been largely dependent on oil extraction and this continues to be true today. After reaching peak oil production in 1997, with an average of 370,000 barrels per day (bpd), maturing oil fields and slowing discovery rates have resulted in a decline in output to 245,000 bpd in 2012. Oil companies are embarking on major investment programmes to help boost...

Long viewed as a bastion of stability in the Central African region, thanks in part to large hydrocarbon revenues that have helped it maintain one of the highest levels of per capita income in the region, Gabon has been able to leverage its diplomatic clout throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

Avec la mise en service prévue de trois nouvelles centrales électriques au Gabon au cours de l’année prochaine, le gouvernement se rapproche de son objectif, qui est de multiplier par plus de deux la capacité de production du pays d’ici 2016. Un meilleur approvisionnement devrait permettre de réduire les coupures d’électricité à Libreville et à Port-Gentil, synonymes de frein à la croissance économique.

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