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London-listed independent Wildcat Petroleum has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sudan’s Ministry of Oil and Gas to increase output by 100,000 b/d through the development of blocks 1, 3, 4 and 5 near the border with South Sudan.

Sudan
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Governments are assessing their positions over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) project, after the dam’s third filling was completed, despite an escalation of rhetoric from Egypt and Sudan as the downstream nations continue to complain at a threat to their dependency on Blue Nile waters for irrigation and basic water supply.

Egypt | Sudan | Ethiopia
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As the anniversary of Sudan’s 25 October 2021 coup approaches, General Abdel-Fatah Burhan’s efforts to re-establish a military-led framework that can secure western funding while also keeping ties with powerful Russian and Gulf allies continues with little expectation of imminent success. That is bad news for a country whose eviscerated economy was hoping for lift-off last year, as the United States began to wind down sanctions and allow debt relief.

Sudan
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Khartoum is prepared to offer new oil exploration and production blocks to Moscow-headquartered Zarubezhneft, Sudanese Oil Production Department director Eltahir Mohammed told Russia’s Interfax news agency on 19 August.

South Sudan | Sudan
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A string of UAE companies – some with links to national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan – are said to be involved in a plan to develop a new Red Sea port, working with Sudanese businessman Osama Daoud Abdellatif. In a complex political situation, this might also be of interest to regime number two Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (aka Hemedti)’s friends in Russia.

Sudan
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Ethiopia’s ‘unilateral action’ in starting limited power generation at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd) violates its diplomatic obligations, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry told the Council of the League of Arab States on 9 March.

Egypt | Sudan | Ethiopia
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Prime minister Abdalla Hamdok’s resignation on 2 January has left Sudan’s already faltering transition on life support, amid reports of renewed tensions between senior military commander General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia chief General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (known as Hemedti).

Sudan
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Protestors succeeded in blocking the shipment of crude through Port Sudan – critical to the oil industry in South Sudan, as well as to Khartoum’s income flows – in late September, underscoring the continued instability wrought by an incomplete regional peace agreement that has left key eastern tribes excluded, write Nazik Shammam in Khartoum and James Gavin.

South Sudan | Sudan
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Sudan’s embattled civilian-military government is now two years into a three-year term, but fissures in the uneasy alliance that sees power divided between Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and Transitional Sovereign Council head General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan are rarely far from the surface.

Sudan
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Given the Sudanese treasury’s dependence on the $25/bbl transit fee accrued from South Sudanese oil flows, the authorities in Khartoum will need to keep the eastern situation under control. That is even more the case as the Republic of South Sudan’s exports have disappointed in recent years, reducing the size of the revenue pie.

South Sudan | Sudan
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Texas-based Schlumberger Rod Lift (SRL) has agreed to pay a $160,000 fine to the US authorities to settle a 2015-16 violation of US sanctions against Sudan; the sanctions were lifted in October 2017.

Sudan
Issue 446 - 23 September 2021

Sudan’s Dongola wind pilot delayed

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The installation of the 0.9MW pilot turbine at the Dongola wind energy project (WEP) has been delayed “towards the end of the year”, owing to delays in the “construction of the foundations”, Emergya Wind Technologies (EWT) chief marketing and sales officer Rob Van De Veerdonk told African Energy.

Sudan
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Following on from major decisions by multilateral institutions, the Club de Paris (CdP) formally agreed to restructure bilateral Sudanese debt at the creditor governments’ 15 July meeting. The CdP element is near half of the total external debt – put at $56.2bn in net present value (NPV) terms as of end-June – standing at $23.3bn (multilaterals hold $5.6bn and others around $20bn).

Sudan
Issue 441 - 24 June 2021

Sudan: Output boost

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Khartoum is planning to boost production from domestic oil and gas fields to supply local power plants, energy and petroleum minister Gadein Ali Obeid told African Energy during an online session organised by Germany’s Africa Verein on 9 June.

Sudan
Issue 441 - 24 June 2021

South Sudan: Block 5A restart

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Production in Block 5A – operated by Sudd Petroleum Operating Company (Spoc) – resumed in June from the Tharjiath central processing facility after seven years of production shutdown due to civil war.

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