Sinopec Operations in South Sudan
Sinopec operates in South Sudan through its subsidiary Sinopec International E&P Corporation Sudan Branch (SIPC Sudan). In this capacity Sinopec has a minority stake stake (6 percent) in the Petrodar consortium, which operates blocks 3 and 7; its partners in the consortium include CNPC (41 percent stake), Petronas (40 percent), Sudapet (8 percent), and Tri-Ocean (5 per cent).
Two other Sinopec subsidiaries - Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corp (SIPSC), Sinopec Group’s fully-owned international engineering and service arm, and Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau (ZPEB), another servicing subsidiary - have been primary petroleum engineering and servicing contractors in Sudan and participated in construction of the Petrodar pipeline, running from the Melut Basin in South Sudan to Port Sudan, on Sudan's Red Sea coast. Another Sinopec affiliate, China International United Petroleum & Chemicals Company (UNIPEC), is China’s largest oil trader and the primary buyer of South Sudan’s oil.