South Sudan Says Total, Exxon And Kufpec Partner In Oil Exploration

Published on Wednesday, 05 Jun 12:48 pm

French oil company Total will partner with US major Exxon Mobil and Kuwait’s Kufpec in South Sudan to search for oil in the restive Jonglei state, a senior lawmaker in the African country said. Sudan’s 1983-2005 civil war prevented Total, which has held a majority interest in Block B since the early 1980s, from exploring the 120,000 square-km concession in Jonglei in the east of the country. Last year South Sudan’s government said it was negotiating with Total to split the block to speed up exploration and raise much-needed government revenue. Henry Odwar, chairman of South Sudan’s parliamentary committee on energy and mining, said on Saturday the area was now being broken into blocks B1, B2 and B3. “Now Total has gone ahead and, with a nudge from the (oil) ministry, engaged certain partners. Exxon Mobil and Kufpec have been brought in to be a partner in Block B1,” Odwar told Reuters in an interview

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