SUDAN would increase its crude oil output by 400,000 barrels a day within three to four years thanks to improved oil-extraction technique, said Sudanâ€™s state oil firm (Sudapet) today.
The Sudan oil production would raise to 922,000 barrels a day in 2012 or 2013, according to Sudapet president Salah Hassan Wahbi. If reached, this output would put Sudanâ€™s production close to the Algerian or the Libyan output.
â€if we successfully (use enhanced oil recovery), then we can increase productionâ€ to 922,000 barrels, from a current output of 522,000 barrels a day, said Wahbi in a speech at a Global Pacific and Partners oil conference on Tuesday.
â€Thatâ€™s what we are working onâ€ using techniques such as water injection in wells, he further said.
By the end of 2008, Sudan had set its oil production target for 2009 at 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), an increase of 20 percent from 500,000 bpd in 2008.
Regarding the upgrade of production at Sudanâ€™s Block 6 by 20,000 barrels a day, Wahbi said it is most likely to be in the first quarter of 2011, instead of 2010, due to the complexity of the engineering. Block 6 which located in Melut Basin in Western Kordofan, is operated by China National Petroleum Corp.
In accordance with a peace deal signed in 2005, southern Sudan, which has a semi-autonomous government now, will vote in 2011 on whither to remain united with the rest of the country or to establish its own independent state.
With regard to Sudapet relationship with Southern Sudan Nilepet, the Sudanese official expressed hopes the country would remain united.
However he said if southerners vote for the independence Nilepet would be southern Sudan national company.
He also said they undertook the training of Nilepet staff.