South Africa’s Strategic Fuel Find (SFF) – a subsidiary of the Central Energy Fund – has submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a service provider to conduct a pre-feasibility and feasibility study for an oil refinery project in South Sudan – solidifying South Africa’s commitment to developing South Sudan’s oil and gas sector.
South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang, last week highlighted the need to develop the country’ refining sector – a key priority for South Sudan.
He further stressed the importance of international investors entering the country’s refining sector to increase the number of refineries in South Sudan, which is necessary to meet energy demands in the country.
“We have one small refinery which is not enough for the entire consumption in the country,” he said.
The RFP follows the exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) that was signed in May between the SFF and South Sudan to explore Block B2 as part of the $1 billion investment deal signed by South Africa’s Department of Energy earlier this year. The SFF will operate the Block together with South Sudan’s National Oil Company Nilepet and includes a six-year exploration period.
The tender closing date is August 26.