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Sudan to inaugurate a new oil field in the south


January 18, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan announced today that a new oil field will begin production in the Upper Nile state with a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day.

The field named ‘Qamari’ will be opened in March by Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, the director of exploration at the Ministry of Energy and Mining Azhari Abdullah told reporters today.

The Sudanese official said that the field which costs $30 million contains 75 wells, 23 with an operating capacity of 30,000 bpd that will go up to 50,000 bpd upon the completion of other wells.

Sudan is targeting average crude oil production of around 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2009, higher than current output of 450,000 to 460,000.

The East African country is heavily dependent on crude exports which represent 65% of its annual revenue. However a severe global financial crisis sent oil prices down more than 76% from its all-time peak of $147.27 reached July 11.

The oil prices drop is likely to slow down any investment in the petroleum sector by oil producing countries worldwide.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided on several cuts to oil output in 2008 to halt the drop in process. Sudan is not a member of the oil cartel.


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  • 19 January 2009 11:16, by Amantiel Kem

    It is a good news that other new oil field is discovered in South Sudan specially in the upper Nile as the reporter put it but to my dismay, i couldn’t believe that the operation of that field is soon going to take place in March 2009 yet the field which has been supplying oil all these times has not made any developemental progress in the South.

    Please GOSS leaders, allow me advise you to suspend the opening of that field till 2011 where the Southerners will determine their fate.
    Secondly, you Southern leaders would have learned from the stresses made in the 2009 budget where you were forced to reshuffle some of your enployees to a certain given and restricted number of which you are eventually doing now.
    The so called Arabs claimed the price cut of oil and yet they are interested to exploit the new field. Why cann’t you find out why is it so?
    Sincerely speaking as a Southern i remain opposing the opening of that new field.


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    • 19 January 2009 14:29, by Hou Akot Hou

      Opening another oil field is a bad idea,the Splm has to wake up to this idea and oppose.They need to start exploit and utiilize the rich and important resources that we have.Why do they need to implemenet ideas minus Mr.Kiir and his other Vips.Nhail has to get prepared militarily and equipped enough to prevent this from becoming operational.Where is it written in the constitutions of the Sudan or the south that the exploration and excavation has to to take place without the official knowledge of the president of the South,Gen.Kiir.Damn,the the idea of the writer!!.Other ideas are in the pipe line now for arabs if SPLM/A personnel don’t take care and ready themselves for these unworkable interests.Arabs are need to always fullfil interests which favor or enrich them.OPening another field is not allowed.

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  • 19 January 2009 14:20, by Kur

    What does the word "Qamari" mean? This is not a Shulluk, Dinka, or Nuer’s word or perhaps may be I am wrong. However, if that appears to be an Arabic word, it got to be removed from the books because there are original names for any place in South Sudan. This extended Arabisation in naming the areas of South Sudan using Arabic names must be put to a stop by enacting land laws that march with local traditions.

    It is surprising that the Government of South Sudan does not pay attention to such details. This is how influence comes about.It affects the correct history of places and their names.


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    • 19 January 2009 20:10, by Maruon Ayiei

      What a world, A CPA in one hand and doctrined mind of Arabicization on the other hand. what does Qamari really mean Mr President Kiir? That is a bad step in 2009 where everything is in loop. Sir, you need to examplify why people suffered in South Sudan. Is it a nature or nurture that deprived people for decades. There is nothing wrong with new drilling except the norms of the drilling is to be domestic. You need to be "moor ngak nhom" ( a throwned bull). Also the pipeline will not be allowed to go to port Sudan. Do you know that we a landlock country if we become a country in 2011? everything is to be in calculation assuming what will come. Kenya will be my safest routs and this task will mostly base with legislative assemble in the GOSS to block the drill except the country is still dictatorial to ignor the move by the legislative. It is disturbing to see the leader of Southern Sudan to curve in to let Al bashire name names in the deep sudd of African inhabitant.

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      • 23 January 2009 19:41, by sudanman

        oil field will solve our problems? in addition to that,I think mr.president is not audicous enough a bout his own people.if he does, there will be no problem in the south because the south has everything that could benefit the citizens.But becuase of the nepotism and favorism that exists in it,the suffering will in fact continues.the new oil field will not do anything even if we open more oil field.the problem will remain unsolve.our problems is not a materials problems,ours is people.we got a lot of people who like to eat things while we are lacking realy workers.we have a few patriot and a lot of permiscious
        thanks you all

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        • 26 February 2009 22:01, by kalisto

          Dear Junubin,

          I am not sure which direction we’re going to. I agreed with what some comrades said, opposing the naming and openning of this new oil field in southern sudan. our gov’t should not allow this to happen. Why ! it is increasing the interest of those arabs to extend south. Atrracting them by giving such a name, the world will not only recognise their right of being part of those areas, but will support them of owning those place.
          Such responsibility should not only be left to politician to discuss without involving the indeginious. We’re creating new problems to our young ones. Is 2011 very long time for this oil to be operate/open. or we are just trying to ignore things.

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