Watching Government
Sudan and scruples

Political risk is something that oil companies always face overseas, but Talisman Energy Inc. is tasting it at home.Talisman, of Calgary, is one of Canada's largest independents. Last year, it took over Arakis Energy Corp., which had a 25% interest in a $2.3 billion Sudan oil project.Sudan is one of several nations that the US has accused of promoting terrorism (OGJ, Apr. 7, 1997, p. 31).In August, Talisman and its international partners (the state oil companies of China, Malaysia, and Sudan) completed a 932-mile pipeline from their Heglig and Unity oil fields to Port Sudan on the Red Sea and began moving 120,000 b/d of oil (OGJ, July 12, 1999, p. 34).Critics fear the Islamic governmen...

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