Perenco is currently the DRC's (Democratic Republic of Congo) sole oil producer and is one of the largest investors in the country. Since our arrival in the region in 2000, the company has extensively invested in new wells, secondary recovery, and improved operating practices.



The crude is stored on board the Kalamu
floating terminal, which can store up to
one million barrels of oil.

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Perenco in DRC

Perenco's onshore drilling programme started in 2002, shortly after Perenco took over the onshore operation, and continued at an average rate of 25 wells per year. This was achieved by the continuous use of the tailored SS-25 rig that drilled the majority of these wells.

In 2013, onshore production was stable at an average of 10 000 bopd. This can be attributed to Perenco's ability to deliver a completed and tied-in well every 15 days, without compromising other field and appraisal opportunities. To increase production, Perenco is commissioning a second rig which will work in parallel with the SS-25.

Offshore, Perenco halted the natural decline with new producing wells drilled in 2012 and 2013. Production is expected to increase significantly thanks to an additional six months drilling campaign planned for 2014.

An exploration campaign will also be carried out with 3D seismic and one exploration well.

Perenco is actively engaged in promoting transparency within the resources' sector, in particular as a member of Executive committee ITIE-RDC (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative).


Perenco is actively engaged in
promoting transparency within the
resources' sector.

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Perenco is currently the DRC’s (Democratic Republic of Congo) sole oil producer and is one of the largest investors in the country. Since our arrival in the region in 2000, the company has invested extensively in new wells, secondary recovery, and ensuring we remain at the forefront of best operating practices. 

In 2014, onshore production was stable thanks to the southern fields’ drilling campaign that compensated for the fields’ natural  decline.

A second onshore rig started a deep horizon redevelopment program on the Tshiende field with encouraging results. This redevelopment will continue in 2015.

The Kinkasi powerplant was upgraded with three additional new gas turbines, increasing the availability and capacity of the power plant.

The offshore drilling campaign was completed in mid 2014 and also helped offset the the natural decline of the fields, particularly Tshiala and Libwa.

To sustain this production level, a further ,  rigless, campaign is planned for 2015. Elsewhere, the company is promoting the development of a Gas To Power project in Muanda. This would address several important needs: a lack of power, gas valorization, reduced flaring, employment, development. This project consists of generating about 170MW from a gas power plant connected to the national grid.

Perenco is actively engaged in promoting transparency within the resources’ sector, in particular as a member of Executive committee EITI-RDC (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). In July 2014, DRC was declared a conforming country by the EITI.

In relation to its environmental and social policy, the company continued to support the implementation of the Agro-forestry project in the Muanda area. The initial pilot project in Yema provided very encouraging results which allowed Perenco  to support another community in the southern part of the region. These projects have a strong social, economic and environmental benefit for the local communities.

As part of its corporate social
responsibility initiatives,
both contractual and voluntary,
Perenco unveiled in 2013
several projects.

Corporate social
in DRC

Supporting the local culture and providing access to knowledge play an important role in helping the local population achieve welcome economic development.

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Corporate social responsibility in DRC

  • Agroforestry
  • Water wells
  • Education
  • Library
  • Parc Marin

Agroforestry in Muanda : An economic and ecological solution financed by Perenco

Perenco is at the forefront of a vast agroforestry pilot project on the Yema Plateau, in the Northern Territory of Muanda. This Project is based on the work, by selected families, of a piece of land placed at their disposal, on the basis of one additional hectare per year per family. Trees (acacias) are planted which will be mixed with tradicional food crops: cassava, beans, etc. The first to be harvested are the food crops. After a period of eight years, the trees which were planted, and have enriched the soil and improved the growing conditions, can in turn be cut to produce charcoal.

As the years go by, with the enlargement of the cultivated land surface, other activities can be integrated, such as beekeeping and livestock.

The juxtaposition of the plots of land will allow the comparison of progress made by the different families in charge, a rivalry and a sharing of good practice. Agroforestry is an active provider of revenue at local level, and allows the recovery and enrichment of the land, the capture of carbon, the re-establishment of the biodiversity and the protection of the forests, particularly the mangroves. The Muanda Territory has at its disposal a natural mangrove reserve of 750 km2, a regular victim of local communties looking for wood for heating and cooking.

The agroforestry Project, driven by a local association, the Conseil Agricole et Rural de Gestion (CARG/Muanda), has received the support of Perenco who share their long term developement goals for the communities of Muanda. The agreement in this initiative has created the involvement of another group with the proven expertise in agroforestry, the Centre d’Appui au développement Intégral de Mbakana (CADIM) who, for 30 years, have developed similar projects in the outskirts of Kinshasa, the capital of the country. It is the united efforts of these three players, in association with the Inspection Territoriale de l’Agriculture, Peche et Elevage that has allowed the beginning of the agroforestry pilot Project of Yema.

The Project is spread over 170 hectares, involving 20 families from two local villages, Yema and Ndundji where the whole population numbers around 1400 people. After positive results from the pilot Project, a similar Project was begun at the end of 2014 in the southern part of the Territory of Muanda, in the villages of Kitoni and Kinsongo (more than 1600 inhabitants). Again, 20 families were selected for 170 hectares.

The next stage of this process, during 2015, will be the launching of a workshop for the production of manioc flour, a way of taking advantage of the local agroforestry, whilst providing for the Muanda market.

Perenco, together with the state authority, has initiated a major plan to provide the population of Muanda with safe drinking water.

18 wells have been drilled so far, including 15 in the neighbouring villages and three in the city of Muanda.

The average depth of the water wells is 50m. Wells are equipped with a manual hand pump in the villages (where there is no water distribution network), whilst a submersible electrical pump is used in the city. The pump can deliver five m3/h.

Access to water and electricity is among the priorities of the state; so this social programme was discussed locally in Muanda with the head of villages and the head of the local community. It was approved in the regional capital of Matadi and the country capital of Kinshasa by the Minister of Hydrocarbons.

Perenco and the DRC's Minister of Hydrocarbons have worked closely to support education and, to date, more than 40 000 pupils have benefited from the resulting initiatives.

Schools have received wide ranging education equipment previously in very short supply, including text books, stationary and sports equipment.

Perenco has funded a school bus network providing transport every morning and evening from the remote outlying villages to the city's schools and colleges.

School Repairs
Eight school buildings have been repaired so far, with work still ongoing in a further three (Kitona, Kongo and Muanda College). Separately, 20 000 school benches have been built and installed, and electrical power supplied.

A Perenco funded scholarship programme supports the region's best students. They are sent to Boma, Matadi or Kinshasa for further studies, after which they will return to Muanda.

Professional training
Perenco has undertaken an extensive programme of works: repairing and expanding the secondary school, several training centres and training schools (Lycée Mbuetete, ITP of Banana, Kitona and Mbu, Institut du Centenaire, centre de formation commerciale, ITC of Muanda, Institut Moyo, ISNP, Centre de formation professionnelle de Muanda, Université Kasa Vubu of Boma.)

Since 2001, Perenco has run a public library in the city of Muanda.

The Perenco Library houses more than 10, 000 books and periodicals, for all ages, including a video library. The library is very popular and more than 3,000 people have joined, including many school children and students.It is also one of the few places where internet access is readily available to the public.

Supporting the local culture and providing access to knowledge play an important role in helping the local population achieve welcome economic development.

Perenco-ICCN hand in hand for the preservation of Muanda’s biodiversity.

In November 2014 Perenco signed a memorandum of agreement with L’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) with the objective of strengthening, both financially and materially, the preservation of the biodiversity in the Parc Marin des Mangroves, a true natural asset of the Bas-Congo province.

The park is located at the mouth of the river Congo. It is home to many species of flora and fauna specific to this ecosystem. Among which is the manatee, an endangered species. The marine park is facing several different threats from mankind, among which is poaching and deforestation, brought about by the strong increase in the local population, and the river pollution.

The support of Perenco to ICCN will henceforth allow the reinforcement of the capacity of this state organism in its job of protecting the Parc Marin des Mangroves in its fight against all forms of destruction. The provision of patrol equipment is the first objective in monitoring the park. To this end, two all-terrain quad bikes, four motorbikes, three outboard motors (15 and 25CV), as well as three pneumatic boats, have been donated to ICCN by Perenco.

This agreement will also cover the protection of the marine turtles and the construction of hatcheries for their eggs. Several tons of household and industrial waste, coming from built-up areas several hundreds of kilometers from Muanda are carried daily by the river Congo current. The agreement signed with Perenco allows the ICCN to collect on a weekly basis several hundred large bags of waste and transport them to the appropriate refuse dumps.

This active commitment to the protection of the park combines with the support of Perenco to other reforms in the agricultural and marine sectors, to reduce the pressure on the mangrove.


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