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Sudan Petroleum Sector: Emerging Exploration Opportunities

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.  |  London, England

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Sudan currently produces approximately 60000 BOPD with maximum production of 550000 BOPD attained pre 2011 before separation of the South Sudan from Sudan. The search for hydrocarbon started in the shallow waters of the Red Sea in the early sixties and picked-up again in the mid-seventies where drilling activities resulted in a gas/condensate discovery and hydrocarbon shows encountered in several wells. In the seventies, exploration activities shifted to the rifted basins in the interior Southwest of the country. The first commercial hydrocarbon discovery was stuck in 1978 in continental Cretaceous strata. This discovery ushered the era of intensive exploration and development effort and culminated in Sudan building a 1500 Kilometer pipeline and joining the hydrocarbon exporting club in 1999.

The country has twelve basins filled with sediments ranging from continental Paleozoic to mainly fluvial, deltaic, and lacustrine sediments of Cretaceous and Tertiary origin. Only four basins witnessed drilling activities and production activities were focused in one basin. The remaining basins are frontier and in their exploration infancy. The potential for discovery of sizeable hydrocarbon resources exists.


Tarig Abdelrahman, President of Sharif Petroleum Operating Company & Head of Promotion and Investment Committee Ministry of Energy and Petroleum

Hassan Zakaria Adam, Geoscientist consultant, Ministry of Energy and petroleum, Khartoum, Sudan

Yassir Elamin, Geoscientist consultant, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Khartoum, Sudan

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Sudan Petroleum Sector: Emerging Exploration Opportunities
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