Sudan Looks To Boost Output

Sudan’s state oil company Sudapet is looking to fast-track production on the newly-created Block 26 on the border with former civil war foe South Sudan.

Block 26 extends across White Nile, Sennar and North Kordofan provinces. It is effectively the northern segment of what used to be Block 7, before the South broke away. CNPC/Petronas-led Dar Petroleum produces all of South Sudan’s current 160,000 b/d output from Block 7 and neighboring Block 3.

Development drilling on Block 26 began late last week at a ceremony attended by Sudanese Vice President Hasabo ‘Abd al-Rahman, the Paris-based Sudan Tribune reports.

Sudapet leads the project with 70% after independent firm State Oil Company Canada relinquished its 50% share earlier this year. The remaining 30% of the Al-Rawat operating consortium is split evenly between Nigerian duo Express Petroleum and Gas, and Mehsana Oil. (CONTINUED - 280 WORDS)