The government of Sudan has announced its plans to offer 27 oil blocks through a global bidding round, in an effort to revive the country’s declining oil production levels.
According to Acting Minister of Energy H.E. Kheiri Abdelrahman, there are three offshore blocks and 24 onshore blocks that will be on offer. Interested investors will be required to use modern technology to maximize oil production. Sudan’s Ministry of Energy will ensure all production plans are consistent with the country’s new oil policies.
Following South Sudan’s independence, Sudan lost the majority of its oil production. The two countries have recently signed a draft agreement under which Sudan will assist South Sudan in resuming production from Block 5A and provide technical assistance on blocks 3 and 7, located close to the border between the two countries.
Sudan has also put a new oilfield on stream, al-Rawat, in the White Nile state. According to Aiman Aboujoukh, General Manager of the Sudan National Petroleum Corporation, the new oilfield has seven wells and will add approximately 3,000 barrels of oil production per day (bpd), which will increase the country’s output to 64,000 bpd. Sudan plans to add an extra 20,000 bpd in 2021, pending the Minister of Finance’s approval for exploration funds.