CNPC set to resume oil exploration in Chad

oilpump-chad-paul lowry flickrThe Chad government had earlier shut down their US$954mn joint-venture refinery in January 2012. (Image source: Paul Lowry/Flickr)China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has said it would be resuming its operations in Chad after being suspended by the country's oil ministry in August this year when drilling for oil in the south of country

Chad oil minister Djerassem Le Bemadjiel halted CNPC’s activities after witnessing what he described as “flagrant violations of environmental standards” at its Koudalwa oilfield, about 200km south of the capital N’Djamena.

In a recent letter, the Oil Ministry called on CNPC to resume work and to respect environmental rules, in particular those concerning the management of waste.

The Chad government had also earlier shut down CNPC’s US$954mn joint venture refinery in N’Djamena in January 2012 in a row over the price of fuel for the local market. The plant produced 20,000 bpd.

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