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Gabon

Official Name:
Gabonese Republic

National Designated Entity

Type of organisation:
Specialized agency
Name:
Mr. Brice Biyo'o Bi Mbeng
Emails:
oheme2004@yahoo.fr
,
Name:
Mr. Nestor Mintsa
Position:
Director
Emails:
mintsanestor@yahoo.fr
,
Name:
Mrs. Ornela Chéryle Mathangoye
Emails:
ornmath@yahoo.fr

Energy profile

Gabon (2012)

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Energy profile
Energy profile
Extent of network

Grid electricity access:Urban: 40%Rural: 18%

Renewable energy potential

Solar energyThe Gabonese World Energy Council Member Committee reports that Gabon’s average daily insolation is roughly 4 kWh/m2, and that there are approximately 300 days of sunshine per year. Since it is impractical and expensive to connect scattered communities in this heavily forested country to the electricity grid, a solar energy programme is now supplying power to around one hundred villages, all of which have been provided with Siemens solar panels.  Under this €18 million scheme, solar power has been installed in schools, shops and homes.Wind energyAverage wind speeds approaching 6 m/s have been observed in some areas of the country. However, little progress has been made in exploiting the technology.Biomass energyGabon is a heavily-forested country, and biomass still constitutes the majority of the Total primary energy supply of the country. The government of Gabon is part of the International Centre for Carbon Sequestration and Biomass Energy, a platform which provides information on the reserach and development, financial, economic and best practices involved in biomass energy production. Palm oil has also been mooted by the government as a potential revenue stream.Geothermal energyNo study has been conducted as to Gabon's geothermal potential, and the technology is currently unexploited in the country.HydropowerThanks to its high rainfall and unique geography, Gabon has one of the highest potentials for hydropower in Africa. Gabon’s technically exploitable hydro potential is more than 76,000 GWh/yr, equivalent to approximately 6,000 MW. Only 1% of this potential is presently exploited.

Energy framework

As yet, Gabon does not have a comprehensive energy framework, or a dedicated sector law. The current national energy policy is aimed at strengthening the existing power generating capacities by diversifying sources of power. The most recent revision to energy policy in the country came in 2006, with the addition of further incentives for frontier exploration in the oil sector to the Petroleum Law. Mineral and petroleum resources are designated property of the state under this law.In February, 2008, a law was passed authorising the Gabonese government to borrow from international organisations to fund infrastructure projects, such as extension of the national grid.

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