SPOC to grow production in South Sudan’s Block 5A Concession

oil pump jack 1407715 1920South Sudan is preparing to restart production in various oil fields, including Block 5A operated by Sudd Petroleum Operating Company (SPOC), which has started corporate social responsibility activities for local communities surrounding Block 5A in the Tharjath field

The activities precede production resumption, which is expected to restart by the end of the year. Work includes the provision of treated water supply, as well as the provision of medical supplies, which currently benefits an estimated 5,000 people in the area.

The South Sudanese government has been in talks with SPOC to re-open the block since 2016 by consulting with companies and deploying extra security at the Tharjath field.

The Block – which had a 10 per cent production cap enforced by Sudan – has the potential to produce up to 15,000 bpd, according to an agreement signed between Sudan and South Sudan in 2018. Block 5A is located in the Muglad-Sudd Rift Basin on the same geological trend as the Greater Nile Oil Project in Sudan. It has a production capacity of 80,000 bpd of high-quality Nile blend. Production in Block 5A began in 2006 at 40,000 bpd and peaked at 54,000 bpd in 2009. By 2014, however, production was reduced significantly to 4,500 bpd, eventually ceasing entirely. “SPOC community outreach activities will be further increased moving forward,” said Eruwan Gerry, president of SPOC. The potential resumption of Block 5A comes during a time of peace in the country, Awow Daniel Chuang, minister of Petroleum, strives to create a conducive environment for investors.

South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2019

To further attract investment into the country’s energy sector, Juba will host the third edition of South Sudan Oil & Power 2019, produced by Africa Oil & Power and in partnership and with the endorsement of the Ministry of Petroleum of South Sudan on October 29-30, 2019 at the Crown Hotel. South Sudan’s petroleum ministry will launch the country’s first oil and gas bidding round 2020 at the event, as well as a comprehensive environmental audit, which will be done through an international tender. “As we work towards replenishing our [oil] reserves, we want to invite investors to participate in the bidding and licensing round 2020. We [also] intend to announce the tendering round for a comprehensive environmental audit – the first of its kind in South Sudan,” Awow Daniel Chuang stated, adding that South Sudan is focused on addressing environmental challenges – a major concern of its citizens.

New oil discovery

Dar Petroleum Operating Company consortium, which is led by China National Petroleum Corporation, made a new oil discovery at the Adar oilfield in Block 3 in August, containing more than 37mn bbl of recoverable oil.

“The new discovery in the Adar oil field is going to be a game changer because this is the first discovery that we have made since independence, giving hope to investors interested in South Sudan’s energy sector. There is still more oil to be discovered,” the minister said.

The minister said he believes that the discovery will increase the appetite of international oil investors to enter the country’s oil and gas space. He added that the country – which currently transports oil to the Red Sea through Khartoum in Sudan – is looking for new export opportunities. “We welcome all international oil players to come to South Sudan and join SSOP 2019 in Juba. The business environment is very conducive as we continue to implement the peace agreement, because peace is going to add a lot of energy to the economic sector of South Sudan.”

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