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Sudan determined to increase oil production – minister


May 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese petroleum minister, Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz, pledged Saturday to implement government’s plans to increase oil production this year despite the damage caused to the oil installations in Heglig last April during South Sudan’s 10-day occupation of the area.

Sudan which produces some 115,000 barrels per day, resumed oil production in Heglig oil fields on 2 May after repairing power stations, pipelines and the central processing unit. Before the 10 April occupation the area produced about the half of Sudan’s oil output, which is about 55,000 barrels per day.

Unconfirmed reports say Sudan produces currently about 30,000 barrels per day from Heglig after the damages that affected the installations. South Sudan says it’s army (SPLA) occupied Heglig after Sudan’s army (SAF) used the area to launch ground and air attacks. Khartoum denies this, and accuses the SPLA of deliberately sabotaging the infrastructure. The SPLA. however, say that any damage caused was from SAF bombings.

Speaking from Heglig to Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA), the minister said he was determined to increase the oil produced from the Heglig fields, which are operated by a consortium of Chinese, Malaysia, Indian and Sudanese companies, called the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Comapany (GNPOC).

The minister was in Heglig to inspect the ongoing works to restore old power stations and to establish additional stations to cover the needs in electricity of all the oil wells in the region.

In January Sudan said it was planning to boost its production to 180,000 barrels per day.

Azhari Abdalla, director general of the Oil Exploration and Production Administration (OEPA), earlier this year told Reuters that the recovery rate of the existing fields will be improved to 47% from the current 23%.

He added that new finds in Block 17 and the recent discovery of Block 6 will also contribute to increase the income generated by oil fields.

However, security concerns might hamper the implementation of these plans. The attack on Heglig is seen as good example of what can happen in other oil producing areas in South Kordofan and Darfur.

Sudan is facing an severe economic crisis due to the lost of South Sudanese oil production after the independence of the later in July 2011.


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  • 27 May 2012 12:02, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    In the first place Panthou(Heglig) is not in North Sudan. Stop misinforming world community on the exact location of the place. The place is a Dinka land. You find Dinka no where in the world apart from South Sudan and those who have immigrated overseas due to your deliberate cause of insecurity on their land.

    • 27 May 2012 12:13, by Northern Sudanese

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Heglig is Sudanese land, Full Stop.

      • 27 May 2012 13:17, by Darkangel




        • 27 May 2012 16:06, by Deng

          1US$=24 SUDANESE POUNDS!!!
          SHAME ON NCP.

      • 27 May 2012 19:57, by Chol

        Northern Sudan, you don’t just say Panthou is Sudan and fullstop! You need to provide prove that it’s yours!

        Make no mistake about it, don’t waste your money maintaining anything in Panthou, it’s going to be taken back forcefully because we don’t see any sign of you obeying the UN to full out on both Abyei and Panthou.

        • 27 May 2012 23:38, by Northern Sudanese

          please, come and take it by force........you have our invitation..........

          if you wanna end up like these guys

          while your country is dying, then your absolutely welcome :D

          • 28 May 2012 06:22, by Chol

            Remember, when we took it last time, you didn’t asked us for permission to take it, we came and took it and you were very shocked, please don’t invite us, we know exactly when to take both Abyei and Panthou.

    • 27 May 2012 12:24, by SEE ME

      Very soon the oil from DARFUR >>>>>> ABU GABRA, SHARIF, ADEELA (ERAJA in the past)....Will be the best API crude oil and big production.

    • 27 May 2012 15:19, by Pif Paf


      Its the international community that informed you Higlieg is part of Sudan. Its the internation community that condemed your invation of Higlieg. Its you who’s misinformed.

    • 27 May 2012 15:43, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

      What a stupid people, they still think Panthau (Heglig) belongs to them. Panthua is our land , and you are stealling our oil. We will burn you down to ash. Criminal and thief BASHIR,and all the NCP criminals will be captured by the SPLA and handed over to ICCC !!!!

      SPLA OYEE!!!

      God bless South Sudan.

  • 27 May 2012 12:31, by SEE ME

    Good luck for Sudanese peoples.

    In the near future the NATURAL GAS will replce CRUDE OIL as to OSHA, WSO, API...

    SUDAN has big big big amout of NATRUAL GAS at the red sea.

    RUSSIA, QATAR, IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA are main the producers of NATURAL GAS and very soon SUDAN will be the 5th.

  • 27 May 2012 15:07, by Pif Paf

    AlJaz is a very determined person and has done well for the oil industry. Our determinations is not only on Oil but also Gold, Industrial and Agriculture output will increase. From the begining we knew 2012 will be a tough year but Sudan has a dynamic economy and can adapt to face any challenges and will come out stronger.

    • 27 May 2012 16:54, by Dinkawarrior

      God’s children always win through Join-operation and prayers as Jesus himself said “ For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

      We are Three Israelis, No matter what???????????????????
      (South-Sudan, Israel and U.S)


      • 27 May 2012 18:11, by SEE ME

        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.
        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.
        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.
        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.
        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.
        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.
        TO hell all the 3 Israelis.

  • 29 May 2012 05:19, by Papa Maury Clark

    Open Letter to Omar Hassan al Bashir:

    Let me see if I understand your news release about increasing oil shipments by stealing more oil from the RSS. A word of advice about international maritime law: Any ship proven to be transporting stolen product is subject to seizure and forfeiture to the victim, the RSS. Chemical analysis can establish the source. You will need all of your lawyers.

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