North Sudan Announces Oil Partnership with Chinese Firms

North Sudan Announces Oil Partnership with Chinese Firms
Chinese and Sudanese employees of Great Wall Drilling Company’s rig #136 pulling up the last part of the production pipe string on Unity Field’s well #44, which had stopped producing oil. They suspected either a bad down-hole pump or a bad power line to the pump. Most of the Sudanese employees were northerners, some 70% according to the head man from GWDC, but my estimate is higher, as none of the black drilling crew was Dinka or Nuer, the dominant ethnic groups in the South. The “company man” in charge of the rig for Greater Nile Oil Production Company was an Australian from Darwin, Cameron Wilkins, (private email who informally estimated the field to be 50% depleted.

China recently announced the signing of new oil contracts with North Sudan to expand the areas of the country under exploration, reported the Sudan Tribune. The new regions to be explored include Red Sea, Sinnar, and West Kordofan.

Sudanese oil and gas minister Mohamed Zayed Awad confirmed that China has agreed to embark on new oil explorations and to expand its oil operations in Sudan.

“China will start gas production in zone 15 in the Red Sea, in zone 4, known as Baleela field, and zone 6 north of Heglig in West Kordofan State, as well as zone 8 in Souki in the east of Sinnar State,” Awad stated.

China Daily noted that the Sinnar region is already being exploited for natural gas. Current production rates are around 3.7 mcf/d. Reserves of the region are pegged at 25 bcf.

Few energy firms have freedom to operate in Sudan, as the country is currently under US and international sanctions due to human rights abuses and alleged war crimes.

China is the largest foreign investor in the troubled country.


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