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Sudan oil output to surge to 650,000 bpd

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Feb 13, 2006 (DUBAI) — Sudan is producing 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and expects to increase output by 150,000 bpd this year, a government official said on Monday.

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New oil platforms are constructed, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005 near Kotch in southern Sudan.

"At present, Sudan is producing 500,000 barrels per day. Production is expected to increase to 650,000 barrels per day very soon this year," Angelina Teny, a minister of state for energy and mining, told a forum in Dubai emirate.

She gave no further details.

In November, an oil ministry official said Sudan’s output would rise to more than half a million bpd by the end of 2005 from about 330,000 bpd of medium-heavy sweet Nile Blend.

The country’s new, heavy sweet Dar Blend crude was due to come on stream last year in the Melut basin on blocks 3 and 7.

Sudan’s oil has fuelled a conflict in the south which claimed up to two million lives over the past two decades.

The conflict ended with a January 2004 peace deal and under its terms the former rebels and the government have formed an eight-member joint petroleum commission to monitor future oil contracts and production.

(Reuters/ST)

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