Gabon Energy

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With its many rivers – including the Ogooué River, the fourth-largest in Africa by volume – Gabon has a total estimated hydroelectricity potential of 6000 MW. Over the past two decades, however, hydropower has declined as the dominant source of electricity in Gabon; no major new dams have been built in more than 30 years, while the demand for power...

What are the biggest hurdles still remaining to the successful conclusion of the 10th bidding round?

What has been the government’s role and objectives in establishing the GOC?

While oil was first discovered in Gabon in 1953, it was not until the early 1970s that substantial production began. Since then, the exploitation of petroleum reserves has been the dominant generator of revenue for the Gabonese economy, accounting for around 52% of GDP and 58% of government revenues in 2011.

Oil refining has a long history in Gabon. Société Raffinage du Gabon (SOGARA) was the first refinery in Central Africa and has been in production for nearly half a century. In recent years, however, SOGARA has struggled with outdated equipment, limited capacity and an output that is not suited to local demand. Gabon’s refinery has not been able to...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Gabon 2012

Producing approximately 89m barrels in 2011, Gabon is currently the sixth-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa. While oil production has been on a steady decline since peaking in the late 1990s, offshore and deepwater fields remain largely untapped. Given greater industrialisation, growth is expected to occur in electricity generation, with new generators and three new dams currently under...

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