South Sudan Will Launch Petroleum Licensing Round, Environmental Audit

  • South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum is actively seeking to engage oil and gas companies focused on the exploration and will announce details of its 2020 licensing round at Africa Oil & Power conferences in Cape Town and Juba.
  • The South Sudan Oil & Power 2019 event, to be held on October 29-30, has confirmed key partnerships with oil companies, banks and various South Sudanese ministries.
  • The resumption of oil production has provided new impetus for bringing new oilfield technology to the country.

Juba, July 25 – South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang will announce South Sudan’s 2020 oil and gas licensing round at two strategic conferences this October: Africa Oil & Power 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, on October 9-11 and South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2019 in Juba on October 29-30. The Minister will also announce a tender for an environmental audit for the country’s producing oilfields at the SSOP conference.

The Ministry of Petroleum is now actively seeking exploration, seismic and geophysical companies to gather and present exploration data at the event and invites Canadian, the U.S. and European companies to SSOP 2019 to gain a better understanding of South Sudan’s oil and gas sector.

“This is an incredible milestone in South Sudan’s plans to double oil production by 2020. The country has a massive onshore reserve base and vast unexplored areas that make a licensing round very exciting. We are excited to host the announcement of the 2020 oil and gas licensing round at Africa Oil & Power 2019 and South Sudan Oil & Power 2019,” said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power.

Resumption of production at several key oilfields in South Sudan, a landmark peace deal celebrated on October 2018 and cooperation with neighboring Sudan has significantly improved investment conditions for the energy sector in the country.

There has also been an uptick in foreign investment through oil and gas exploration companies including Oranto Petroleum, which signed a six-year exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) for Block B3 in 2017 and South Africa’s Strategic Fuel Fund, which in May this year signed an EPSA for Block B2.

South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum has reiterated plans to return to pre-war production levels of 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2020 and will do so by increasing production at the recently rehabilitated oilfields of Greater Pioneer Operating Company and resuming production at fields operated by Sudd Petroleum Operating Company.

The Ministry has stressed a particular need for geophysical and seismic companies to assess South Sudan’s vast oil and gas resources, which are underexplored by estimations of up to 70 percent.

The resumption of oil production has provided new impetus for bringing new oilfield technology to the country, especially new environmental technologies.

Hosted by Africa Oil & Power for the third year running, SSOP 2019 has confirmed partnerships with South Sudan’s Ministries of Petroleum, Energy and Dams, and Finance and Economic Planning; as well as banks operating in the country, national oil company Nilepet, major investors Petronas and CNPC, and joint operating oil companies Dar Petroleum Operating Company, Greater Pioneer Operating Company, Sudd Petroleum Operating Company.

South Sudan Oil & Power will host panels on finance, oilfield technology, and community development. Under the theme Focus on Finance, SSOP 2019 is held under the auspices of H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, and kicks off with a grand inauguration and gala dinner sponsored by Trinity Energy on October 28. Registration for the conference is open and more information can be found at

Africa Oil & Power 2019 gathers African energy investors and leaders in Cape Town for the year’s biggest energy event, with the theme #MakeEnergyWork. This year, AOP 2019 is opened by President of Senegal H.E. Macky Sall, and will host licensing round announcements for Senegal and South Sudan, as well as dedicated programs for Angola, Lesotho, South Africa, and more. Registration and information can be found at

Image: The National


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