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Vol 3 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2010


Oil - after independence

The coming referendum is concentrating minds - Sudanese, Chinese and Western - on how the oil wealth will be shared

China's oil interests in Sudan will come under heavy scrutiny again as Khartoum and Juba start negotiations on sharing oil revenues after the independence referendum due in January 2011. Backed by Darfur lobbyists and divestiture campaigners, the United States government has put pressure on US-based Chinese companies to respect the sanctions in place against the Sudan government since 1997. In June, Washington told the US-based PetroChina subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) that it would not be able to process Sudanese crude imports at its new 200,000 barrel-per-day refinery at Qinzhou. The refinery began receiving its first test cargoes, from an undisclosed location, in late 2009.

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