|This article is outdated. (December 2011)|
|Industry||Oil & Gas|
|Founded||31 October 2001|
|Key people||Azhan Ali (President)|
The PetroDar Operating Company Ltd is a consortium of oil exploration and production companies operating in Sudan with its headquarters in Khartoum. The consortium was incorporated in the Virgin Islands on 31 October 2001. PetroDar is composed of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) (41% share), Petronas of Malaysia (40%), Sudapet of Sudan (8%), SINOPEC of China (6%), and Al Thani Corporation of United Arab Emirates (5%).
PetroDar is currently (2008) engaged in oil exploration and production in blocks 3 and 7, which are oil concession areas located in the Melut Basin in Southern Sudan. The company's production in this area reportedly accounted for almost half of Sudan's total crude oil output in late 2006.
The Melut oil export pipeline
PetroDar operates the Melut oil export pipeline, also known as the PetroDar Pipeline. The pipeline connects the oil fields of the Melut Basin with the refinery and export terminal located at Port Sudan on the Red Sea.
PetroDar pipeline starts from Palouge in the south of the Sudan and continues almost 1600km to the city of Portsudan. The pipeline took four years to complete with six pumping stations; Palouge, Algabaleen, Wad-shalaai, Alaylafon, Jebel Umm Ali and Musmar. All of the pumping stations are equipped with the latest in oil and gas technology to facilitate the crude oil temperature and flow until it reaches Portsudan.
- PetroDar Operating Company (no date), 'Company profile', www.petrodar.com. Retrieved on 10 March 2008
- Energy Information Administration 2007, 'Country analysis brief: Sudan', www.eia.doe.gov, April. Retrieved on 6 March 2008.
- APS Review Downstream Trends 2007, 'SUDAN: The oil sector', www.entrepreneur.com, 29 October. Retrieved on 5 March 2008.
- Reuters 2006, 'Sudan to open new oil pipeline', Sudan Tribune, 5 April. Retrieved on 6 March 2008.