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Sudan expects to increase gold production to 150 tonnes, worth $8 billion

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February 21, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese minister of minerals, Kamal Abdel-Latif, said on Wednesday that he expects the country’s gold production to jump to 150 tonnes, thus generating $8 billion in revenues.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir (CL) attends the inauguration of a gold refinery in Khartoum on 19 September 2012 (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/GettyImages)

Abdel-Latif made the remarks during the inauguration of the Qbgbih gold mine in the Nile River state, a joint venture between Sudan and the Moroccan Managem mining company. The event was also attended by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and the ambassador of Morocco in Khartoum Mohamed Ma’al einen.

The government eyes gold output of around 50 tonnes in 2013, worth around $2.5 billion, which would potentially make it Africa’s third largest gold miner behind South Africa and Ghana, and push it into the top 15 producers globally.

Abdel-Latif disclosed that the proven gold reserves in Qbgbih field are close to 66 tonnes, adding that the government is working on a comprehensive survey to detect potential spots of mineral wealth throughout the country.

This survey would target an area of one million square kilometres through partnerships with foreign companies.

The Sudanese official said that the government had established a $70 million mining centre while expanding the work of Ariab Mining Company (AMC) with a funds injection of $90 million. Jointly owned by the Sudanese government and a Canadian firm, AMC currently runs Sudan’s largest gold mine.

He added that 13 out of 19 companies have entered the production phase, while 40 others saw their licences revoked “for lacking seriousness”.

The East African country is looking for gold to make up for the budget deficit it incurred as a result of losing three quarters of its oil production due to the secession of South Sudan in July 2011.

In recent years a growing number of foreign gold companies have expressed interest in obtaining licences to operate in Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 22 February 2013 08:32, by Son of Ngundeng

    Bashier become an happy president due to the production of gold, but gold its an limited resource, if you! the government of Sudan refuse to rent your pipe line to south Sudan you just believe in gold you have done nothing.

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    • 22 February 2013 08:44, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The son of ngundeng,you are a begger,that is why some you the idle tribes are still running after the Arabs resources.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 22 February 2013 08:40, by master

    son of monkey
    your oil will never flow through our pipeline

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    • 22 February 2013 09:02, by cbuongdit cholkua

      What’s up moguloot,If we are the monkey, then the whole world would be, because every dirty hand mother fucken person in your country has that strands coming from the monkey.
      To knock this shit off your mouth, Google this word up and compare it to yourself. "ORANGUTANG" if you come across it, let me know something about it pooplicker.

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    • 22 February 2013 10:09, by Sudani+

      Dear Master,
      Please do not hurt others since we all belong to the same humankind and our first father is the same "Adam Peace Be Upon Him"
      second we are muslims and our religous teachs us that "la yskher goum min goum ass an yakono kira minhum" and we must not breach this what ever the situation is
      Thank you

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      • 23 February 2013 09:01, by Kushoku

        An empty barrel only produces non-musical noises

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    • 22 February 2013 10:21, by Junta

      Dear Master Pig(Khenzir)
      We RSS people careless about the oil and ur pipeline! Ur pipe line was built out of blood money stolen from South! We shall survive without oil! Our fertile sweet land shall produce adequately to an extent of producing crops from which we can extract renewable energy! Our focus is Agriculture and animal husbandry!Let our fossil fuel remain under ground!

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    • 22 February 2013 16:23, by zulu

      MISTRESS,
      I LIKE THAT ALIAS. MONKEYS ARE CARRING DOGS LIKE YOU. YOU CANT GET THEM OFF YOUR BACKS AS WELL.
      SUDAN IS MAKING A LOT OF FUSS WHEN IT IS OBVIOUS THAT CLEARLY, THERE IS NOTHING IN SUDAN. ALL THERE IS, IS THE PROPERTY OF DARFUR, AND NUBA MOUNTAINS. THESE FOLKS SEEK EQUAL SHARE AS SOUTH SUDAN DEMANDED A 50/50,

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  • 22 February 2013 08:40, by cbuongdit cholkua

    That’s garbarge, who cares about your gold anyway. And who you are going to sells it to, since you are in black-list?

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  • 22 February 2013 08:55, by kamal

    Liars liars bhasir is trying to convine north population not to look after south oil . Which country in the world surviving on nonedurable resources like gold

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  • 22 February 2013 09:22, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Is there anything you guys wuold ever said without mentioning the South’s oil. Common people, that is so insane, you N-people need immediate help. You might want to see a psychiatrist for that because it is became addictive. We are not one country any more leave us alone!!!!!!!!!

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  • 22 February 2013 09:28, by cbuongdit cholkua

    And it is so hard sometimes when you are a richman and marry to a crazy woman, she will never stop bitching around. Do people need a microphone to tell y’all this?

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  • 22 February 2013 09:31, by cbuongdit cholkua

    I mean when you want to divorce that crazy woman.

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  • 22 February 2013 12:40, by sudani ana

    150 Tons of Gold... WOW. If we are currently 3rd largest producer in Africa and 13th in the world, and we are only producing 50 Tons, what would we be if we produced 150 Tons??? First in Africa and third in the world??? Sweet. Upward and forward Sudan.

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    • 22 February 2013 13:21, by master

      sudani ana
      they are going to die

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      • 22 February 2013 17:48, by Chol

        Sudani and mister, the $ 8 billion being thrown around by your government is to give you people an empty hope that you have something to hope for when it is actually an empty box with absolutely nothing inside it! How all of a sudden you became to have gold when South Sudan denies you their oil you usually had control of?

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  • 22 February 2013 13:23, by Son of Ngundeng

    Poor country!! you think you got 50 tone of gold, but know that you have 150 tone of fuck from I.C.C, your president lies to the poor nation that was called Northern Sudanese. In the nearest future am going to have servant that will be called Mohammed very soon rich south Sudan our land has got OIL,GOLD,ANIMAL,AGRICULTURE,WATER,URANIUM,GUMS,ant etc.

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    • 22 February 2013 13:44, by sudani ana

      Son of Ngondeng
      We know you have oil, because we got it out from the ground for you, but where is your gold? You don’t need a pipeline for that!!!! Or are you expecting us to come and get it out for you too?

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      • 22 February 2013 13:53, by Junta

        Sudani Ana
        Have you forgotten the large goal quantity in Kapoeta and many areas of South Sudan? why is that Bashir al Humar was almost ruuning mad when SPLA/M Kicked SAF out of Kapoeta? Large quantity of gold there.Cry blood but we in South Sudan are the sustainer of ur life through our resources! Humble your selves before us and we shall restore your life line!!

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        • 22 February 2013 22:09, by sudani ana

          Junta
          Am not saying you don’t have gold, am saying why are you not mining it like us in Sudan so you can use the income to develop your country and feed your people instead of relying on foreign aid and handouts. Gold is useless in the ground.

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        • 22 February 2013 22:53, by Northern Sudanese

          Junta
          all your saying is nonsense, gold in south sudan is nowhere near the quantity of gold in Sudan!

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      • 22 February 2013 16:39, by Chol

        Sudani,
        The gold you’re trying to sell now is probably the gold you captured in the early 1990s in Eastern Equatoria that was stored in barrels! Have you notice mountains in Buma, Kapoeta all the way to Torit. Those mountains are all gold. I remember they use to get it on the surface of the mountain but deep underneath the mountain will be another story. You wish you were in South-Sudan!

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        • 22 February 2013 21:56, by Northern Sudanese

          Chol
          wish to be in south sudan? lol the gold in south sudan is nowhere near the amount in our region, wish to be urine drinkers? lol get a life dude!

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    • 22 February 2013 16:13, by master

      son of some thing wrong
      the only animals in south sudan is likes

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  • 22 February 2013 16:38, by Northern Sudanese

    If we really make it 150 tonnes production, south sudanese will die lol! south sudan’s entire oil is worth only $3.7 billion, united sudan oil was worth 5 billion. now we produce 50 tons of gold already which is worth nearly $3 billion, if we produce 70 tons we will make up all lost oil revenue ’’excluding’’ the new oil fields in sudan!
    loool insects crying already :D

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    • 22 February 2013 17:49, by Chol

      Northern Sudanese, Just read your own posting, you can’t even believe it is true; let alone others to believe it!

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      • 22 February 2013 21:55, by Northern Sudanese

        Chol
        state which part of my comment was unbelievable dude, am waiting....

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  • 22 February 2013 22:14, by sudani ana

    Am not saying you don’t have gold, am saying why are you not mining it like us in Sudan so you can use the income to develop your country and feed your people instead of relying on foreign aid and handouts. Gold is useless in the ground.

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    • 22 February 2013 22:18, by sudani ana

      Am not being funny guys, but when you start mining your gold you’ll need to use our gold refinery and the fee is $40 dollars per kg of gold ok?

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      • 22 February 2013 22:22, by sudani ana

        Hahahaaaa I like it. Sorry am laughing at my own joke.

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        • 23 February 2013 04:15, by Chol

          Those who laugh at their own jokes mean their jokes are not funny! The reason is; no one is laughing at the joke therefore you have to laugh at your own joke and that make you look silly.

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          • 23 February 2013 06:26, by sudani ana

            Nonetheless it’s still a good joke, if you get it that is.

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  • 24 February 2013 17:31, by Costa

    Whatsoever, the more you have gold the more you would have to pay Kuwait for the gas that has to keep your idle refineries operating.

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