Energy in Burkina Faso is a growing industry with tremendous potential.

Oil and gas

All petroleum products are imported since the country has no known crude oil reserves or refining capacity As of 2003. Imports and consumption of petroleum in 2002 amounted to 8,870 barrels per day. As for natural gas, Burkina Faso is known to have no natural gas production, consumption, or reserves.


Electricity accounts for all energy production. Total installed electrical capacity in 2001 was 121 MW. Production rose from 42 GWh in 1973 to 280 GWh in 2001, of which 73.6% was thermal and 26.4% hydroelectric. Consumption of electricity was 0.26 billion kWh in 2001. Construction of a 15 MW hydroelectric facility at Kompienga was finished in 1989. In 1999, with a grant from the government of Denmark, Burkina Faso built a new power station, completing it in just five months to meet the country's emergency energy needs. Production and distribution of electricity and water are controlled by the state-owned Société Nationale d'électricité du Burkina Faso (SONABEL), established in Ouagadougou in 1968.

As of 2008, it is estimated 7% of Burkina Faso have access to electricity.[1]