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Last Updated: March 2013

Overview


Map of Chad
Map of Chad
  • Chad ranks as the tenth-largest oil reserve holder among African countries, with 1.5 billion barrels of proven reserves as of January 1, 2013, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.
  • Crude oil production in Chad was an estimated 115,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2011 and 105,000 bbl/d in 2012. Almost all of this was exported via the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline.
  • The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and the Chadian government jointly constructed the 20,000 bbl/d N'Djamena refinery, and it began supplying the local market with petroleum products in 2011. However, operations have occasionally been temporarily suspended in the past due to price disputes and operational issues.
  • Petroleum is the only hydrocarbon that Chad consumes. Traditional wood fuel is the primary source of total energy consumption in the country.
  • Very few households in Chad have access to electricity. The country has installed electric generation capacity of 31 megawatts that is thermal-powered using refined oil products.