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Vol 2 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2009


Sudan

The oil revenue row

Scrutiny of oil figures from CNPC suggests that the Khartoum government has been cheating the South of substantial revenues

Beijing faces a new round of criticism over its heavy investments in Sudan's oil business following the publication of a report by British lobbyists Global Witness(1) on 7 September pointing to massive discrepancies between production figures released by Khartoum and those of the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation. If the CNPC figures are accurate, it would mean that the National Congress Party regime in Khartoum is substantially underreporting oil production, especially in fields where it has to share sales revenue with the Government of Southern Sudan.

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