Watching the World
Sudan conflict

As many petroleum companies know to their cost, crude oil is always a strategic asset for producing countries, and when those countries go to war, the companies come under scrutiny.Latest under the microscope is Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, forced to deny that its participation in an oil field development in Sudan has helped the Khartoum government finance a civil war that has cost millions of lives and gone on for 16 years.Talisman is a 25% interest holder in the Greater Nile Oil Project, under which five fields are now producing about 160,000 bo/d, which is exported via pipeline to a Red Sea coast terminal. Talisman's partners are the national oil companies of China, Malaysia, and ...

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