Exploration hums as Sudan's oil output reaches pipeline capacity

Oil production is exceeding expectations, and development and exploration programs are advancing, said a member of the Sudan consortium Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Co.GNPOC's southern Sudan fields in the Muglad basin averaged 242,400 b/d in the second quarter of 2002, up 3% on first quarter 2002 and 14% higher than second quarter 2001, said Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary. Further increases are expected. Production has not reached 500,000 b/d as incorrectly reported (OGJ, June 24, 2002, p. 36).Exploration is in full swing. Talisman announced a 2002 capital budget of $115 million for its 25% stake in the project. That included start-up of Munga field, commencement of water injection...

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