state-owned national petroleum company,
controls between 5-20 percent of every oil-producing
block in the country.
project it is currently involved in is the
development of Blocks 3 and 7 in southeastern
Sudan, where a major oil field has been
discovered. Sudapet has an 8 percent stake
in the controlling Petrodar consortium,
partnering the China National Petroleum
Corporation (41 percent), Petronas (40 percent),
Gulf Oil Petroleum (6 percent), and the
Al Thani Corporation (5 percent).
fully engaged, choosing the contractors,
approving the value of the contracts, overseeing
and participating in the construction and
engineering, says Yousif Mohamed Ahmed,
Sudapets General Manager. It
is a good chance for our people to take
part in a huge project and to strengthen
their experience and knowledge.
to follow the example of national oil companies
like Petronas. It aims to secure an increasingly
strong position in the domestic market,
and subsequently to establish a considerable
Dr. Ahmed explains,
When Sudapet was established it was
with the vision that it would become a real
oil company in the future. We are preparing
to operate by ourselves, first in Sudan,
and then to operate within the region, to
invest in both exploration and production.
We are looking forward to seeing Sudapet
attain international status.
A year ago,
Sudapet launched a training center, starting
with a welding unit. Welders for pipelines
are being brought in from the Far East at
very high cost, and there were no Sudanese
who could do the work. Now we have graduated
our first batch of welders, and they are
already working in the field.
Later the center
will be expanded to train geologists, engineers,
and other skilled workers in the petroleum
industry. The aim in the long term is to
turn it into a national institute for studies
and training in petroleum related fields.
is to build the capacity of the Sudanese
labor force, says Dr. Ahmed. We
feel that a mature Sudanese oil sector should
eventually be managed and operated by the
He would like
to see Americans returning to participate
in the oil industry. The doors are
not closed to western or American companies.
We know that they have greater access to
better technology than others.
we have a chance to meet with European and
American companies, we always encourage
them to come and see for themselves. They
are welcome to participate and I think they
are eager to come, but, as yet, because
of the embargo they cannot.