Sudan awards oil exploration deal to Turkish firm

oilwell sudan-iancu justin sxc.huSudan currently pumps 136,000 bpd to 140,000 bpd. (Image source: Iancu Justin/sxc.hu)Turkish company Soma Group has been granted concession by the Sudanese government to begin oil exploration and production in Block 23, located in the state of South Kordofan

Sudan’s oil minister Awad Ahmed al-Jaz and a Soma Group delegation also met to deliberate on how to increase oil production in all of the country's blocks.

Sudan, which currently pumps 136,000 bpd to 140,000 bpd, lost three-quarters of its output when South Sudan seceded.

The country had originally planned to reach 180,000 bpd by the end of the 2012, but its Heglig oilfield was damaged during conflicts with South Sudan in April 2012.

Al-Jaz added that an Italian company would begin the rehabilitation and development of Port Sudan refinery in the next few days, noting that this would help Sudan meet the growing demand for petroleum derivatives.

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