White Nile Petroleum Operating Company (WNPOC)

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White Nile Petroleum Operating Company (WNPOC), incorporated in 2001,[1] is a joint operating company between Petronas of Malaysia and Sudapet of Sudan, each of which owns a 50% share.[2] As of mid-2012, however, Sudapet's claim to a share of WNPOC was unclear, as the South Sudanese government in November 2011 called on all of Sudapet's shares in South Sudan to be transferred to the country's national oil company, Nilepet.[3]

Organization

WNPOC operates in South Sudan and Sudan through three subsidiary companies: WNPOC-1 in Block 5A and WNPOC-2 in Block 5B, both in South Sudan; and WNPOC-3 in Block 8, in Sudan.[4][5]

History

WNPOC secured the rights to develop the Thar Jath and Mala fields[7] in Block 5A[8] in April 2005,[7] in partnership with ONGC.[7] WNPOC began oil production from Thar Jath in April 2006, followed by Mala main field in December 2006 and Mala satellite field in April 2008.[8] The oil from WNPOC's fields is exported to Port Sudan via a 180-kilometer pipeline that ties into the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company's main pipeline,[7] though as of June 2012 all production in South Sudan remained shut in due to pipeline fee disputes with Sudan.

References

  1. "PETRONAS SIGNS TRANSITION AGREEMENT WITH SOUTH SUDAN" Petronas website, 13 January 2012.
  2. "Block 8 probes deliver for WNPOC" European Coalition on Oil in Sudan, 2 June 2009.
  3. "Sudan accuses south of seizing Sudapet’s shares" Sudan Tribune, 17 November 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Sudan Oil Block Map" European Coalition on Oil in Sudan, Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  5. "Sudan and South Sudan" EIA Country Analysis Briefs, 19 March 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Sudan accuses south of seizing Sudapet’s shares" Sudan Tribune, 17 November 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Oil in Sudan" Total website, Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "About Company" WNPOC website, Retrieved 22 June 2012.
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