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Sudan inaugurates start of seismic survey at North Kordofan oilfield

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October 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s minister of oil, Awad Ahmed al-Jaz, has inaugurated the seismic survey work in block 11 which is located in north Kordofan on Wednesday.

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Awad Ahmad al-Jaz (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

This came during his inspection tour of the new oil blocks operated by Sudan Energia which is a consortium of companies including Brazil’s Petra Energia, Egypt’s Nile Valley, and Sudan’s Sudapet.

Seismic surveys are used to locate and estimate the size of underground oil and gas reserves. Seismic images are produced by generating, recording and analyzing sound waves that travel through the Earth.

Al-Jaz stressed the need for coordination to complete the exploration and production work, describing Sudan Energia as a model for utilizing the latest technologies to achieve positive results.

He called for learning the lessons from Sudan’s previous experience in oil production, asserting that the economy would only improve through more oil exploration and production.

The deputy director of Sudan Energia, Mohamed Zaid, for his part, affirmed that launching the seismic survey program represents a new challenge for the company as it increases its technical responsibility to cover all oil blocks in which it operates.

Sudan lost 75% of its oil reserves after the southern part of the country became an independent nation in July 2011 denying the north billions of dollars in revenues.

Sudan currently produces 133,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). The country’s production is stationed mainly in Heglig area and its surroundings as well as western Kordofan.

Following secession of South Sudan, several foreign companies started exploration in new oil fields.

A Saudi company is working in Block 12 which is located in Sudan’s north-western corner near the borders with Libya, and a Canadian company shares exploration with the Sudanese company Sudapet in Block 14.

Sudan Energia is working in Block 18 which is located to the west of the river Nile. Block 11 is located in Kordofan, while Block 9 is located in the Gezira, Khartoum, and River Nile states.

Blocks 13 and 14 are on the coast of the Red sea, while Blocks 19, 22, 21 are inside the red sea. Block 10 is located between Kassala and Al-Gedaref states in eastern Sudan, and Block 8 is located in Sennar state.

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  • 31 October 2013 09:47, by Jalaby

    Good job north, you increased your oil production and every day we see new oil company joined the exploration and increased the production!
    As expected, the south didn’t add even one gallon of oil since seceded from north, not a single oil company knocked their door, even their close friends in US, Europe, Israel, etc never showed up, you know the reason why right?

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    • 31 October 2013 10:02, by Jalaby

      As expected, as soon as the south seceded from Arab/Jalaba and expel out them from their house then southerners will start fighting each others because they’re only unite in expelling out Arab/Jalaba from their home but other than that they’re deeply odd, incoherent and inhomogeneous, and ironically become very busy on stealing money while fighting each others!

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      • 31 October 2013 11:31, by Jalaby

        The south will not develop or add any new oil field and increase its oil production cycle,they will just consume what Arab/Jalaba have left them till it tries out completely!
        I’m pretty sure southeners will ask the north for unity (would be Con-federation this time) when they check their pockets and found out no money and their pockets are empty! Please mark my words!

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