Sudan reveals new oilfield

SUDAN HAS ANNOUNCED a new oilfield that will begin production in the Upper Nile state with a capacity of 50,000 bpd. The director of exploration at the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Azhari Abdullah, told reporters that the field, named Qamari, will be opened in March by Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

The Sudanese official said that the field, which costs US$30mn, contains 75 wells, 23 with an operating capacity of 30,000 bpd that will go up to 50,000 bpd upon the completion of other wells. Sudan is targeting average crude oil production of around 500,000 bpd in 2009, higher than current output of 450,000 to 460,000.The East African country is heavily dependent on crude exports which represent 65 per cent of its annual revenue.

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