Khartoum (SMC) Sudan Vision Daily
The Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Awad Ahmed Al-Jaz, announced that next year 10 new blocks will enter the oil production cycle to achieve the Ministry's plan of upgrading oil production in the country.
He affirmed in his statement before the Council of States that they received about 70 offers for oil exploration. He noted that Heglig production increased from 50,000 barrels per day to more than 58,000.
Al-Jaz revealed the efforts of the ministry to increase oil production have amounted to 762 million barrels this year, besides the continuation of exploration activities.
He affirmed the increase in natural gas with a reserve of 1.5 billion cubic feet in blocks 1, 2, 4, 6.
He announced his Ministry抯 place for 2013 aims to intensify exploration to increase oil reserves in various blocks, besides providing courses to upgrade the capacities and enroll national manpower in oil.
The Minister commended workers?efforts to repair the damage to Heglig in record time.
He admitted there are some obstacles in some exploration areas and called on the Council of States members to educate citizens in those areas to allow the companies to conduct their work.
Meanwhile, members of the Council of States have called for the security issue to be resolved before pumping oil from South Sudan. They also called for strict monitoring to make oil companies protect the environment and provide services to citizens living near the working areas.
The Council of States is chaired by Dr. Ismail Al-Haj Musa, who endorsed the minister of petroleum's statement.
Extracted: Trifi E. Ahmed