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Sudan starts oil exploration in Red Sea


February 3, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese government has started drilling its first overseas offshore exploration well in the Red Sea Basin off Sudan with the help of the state China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

offshore drillingSudanese minister of Energy and Mining Al-Zubair Ahmed Al-Hassan and Governor of the Red Sea Province Mohamed Taher have attended the launching ceremony of the drilling operations on Monday February 1.

The well falls in Area 15 under the franchise of the Red Sea Petroleum Operating Co., a consortium of five firms including the CNPC, Malaysia’s state oil firm Petronas, Sudan’s state oil firm Sudapet, Nigeria’s Express Petroleum and Sudanese firm High Tech Group.

Petronas and CNPC each have a 35 percent interest in the block 15.

The Sudanese minister said results are positive from prospecting for oil and gas in the Red Sea.

Tokar-1 is one of two exploration wells in Block 15, located some 130 kilometers southeast of Port Sudan. The CNPC and its partners plan to complete drilling in six months.

The wells have a designed drilling depth of 3,700 meters, and water depths of 38 meters and 52 meters respectively.

Sudan started producing oil in 1998 with an initial daily output of 150,000 barrels which rose to the current 500,000 barrels. Most of the current production is from oil wells in southern Sudan. The government plans to launch this year exploration and production of oil and gas in southern Darfur and Sennar states, besides another block (10) in eastern Sudan.


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  • 3 February 2010 17:54, by Dinka Boy

    "Sudan started producing oil in 1998 with an initial daily output of 150,000 barrels which rose to the current 500,000 barrels."

    Can Nuer read the above statement!.
    I always tell Nuer primitives that Bashier would have no access with oil in the South Sudan,but this useless Nuer pro-Arab Riek Machar signed 1997 oil exploitation,and her second wife to McCain Emma thought that she will be the independent governor. Shit! this is were i get mad.

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    • 3 February 2010 18:01, by sheeple

      I hope the Arabs find oil in the Red Sea so they can leave us alone. They are killing us because of our oil.

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  • 3 February 2010 18:53, by Sudan virus

    Good!Now stop stilling oil from south Sudan.

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    • 3 February 2010 20:04, by Master

      Look you dumb virus. Until now sudan is one country - you cant say the North is stealing your oil. Its like saying the US government is stealing texas oil. When you gain independence - soon i hope. And the North is taking your oil without an agreement then its fair to say.

      So stop this idiotic child like thinking.

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      • 4 February 2010 03:22, by Lual Peter Dau

        Twenty two years when Southern Sudan was in, they Government of Khartoum had been drilling the Oil.

        mainwhile, the Khartoum Government did not get satify thier need,

        As per now let the Arab go and we shall wait whether they will came back.

        Let me tell you my dear brother, the Southerners of today are not the Southerners during Deng Nhail, and Joseph Lago.

        Take care of as if you are still sleeping, In future you will see yourself going back to Egypt or where ever you came from.

        Sudan is the soil of black people

        By Lual Dau

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