Sudan is talking up plans to expand its refining capacity as it looks to keep pace with rising domestic demand for gasoline and other petroleum products and lessen its reliance on costly imports, which have only served to pile further pressure on its already squeezed finances.

Sudan’s heavily oil-dependent economy is still reeling from the loss of around three quarters of its oil output to former civil war foe South Sudan when it seceded in mid-2011, under a peace deal first struck in 2005. (CONTINUED - 381 WORDS)