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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.
Khartoum is in talks with China over plans to expand the 100,000 b/d al-Jaili refinery, the country’s biggest, some 70km north of the capital Khartoum, the Paris-based Sudan Tribune quotes State Minister of Petroleum Mahmud ‘Abd al-Rahman as saying. The two sides are discussing both financial and technical arrangements to double the refinery’s capacity to 200,000 b/d, he says.
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