Sudan plans to raise oil production to 200,000 barrels per day

barrel ben alexanderSudan currently produces 136,000-140,000 bpd. (Image source: ben alexander/Flickr)Sudan has revealed plans to boost its oil production to 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) by the end of 2013 in an attempt to boost its oil and gas sector

In a statement given to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA), member of parliament Babiker Mohamed Tom disclosed plans to increase oil production in the country and praised the oil ministry’s exploration efforts across the country.

Tom pointed out that oil played an instrumental role in developing the petroleum sector, allowing for the creation of a large pool of qualified engineers and geologists.

Tom claimed that oil exports accounted for 91 per cent of Sudan’s national income until South Sudan's secession in July 2011, after which the figure dropped to 10 per cent.

The East African country, which currently produces 136,000-140,000 bpd, lost three-quarters of its output when South Sudan seceded.

Sudan had originally planned to reach 180,000 bpd by the end of the 2012, but its major Heglig oilfield was damaged during a brief occupation by South Sudan's army and border fighting between the two countries in April of that year.

Several oilfields have recently been inaugurated in Sudan, which has added approximately 20,000 bpd to the country's oil production.

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