The Ministry of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, is honored to announce the launch of the country’s first Oil Licensing Round.

The Ministry of Petroleum (MoP) has identified new exploration blocks with potential hydrocarbons and has compiled crucial data to provide to interested investors, operators and counterparties.

According to the new analysis commissioned by the Ministry, approximately 90% of South Sudan’s oil and gas reserves remain unexplored, providing unprecedented opportunities to international investors.

This Oil Licensing Round aims to attract interest from a diverse group of foreign investors to a region that is already home to oil and gas majors from China and Malaysia.

The country is hoping to welcome back experienced partners and operators following significant progress in returning to peace and stability.

With the new data, analysis, and government mechanisms, the Ministry seeks to attract high-quality investors and partners.

The MoP will use set criteria to facilitate and evaluate interested parties bidding for the available blocks.

The available blocks range between 4,000 and 25,000km2, with most comprising between 15,000 and 20,000 km2.

Oil & Gas Exploration in South Sudan

Currently there are three consortia operating producing blocks in South Sudan, with another four oil exploration companies having acquired production sharing contracts.
Bidding Blocks
Round one

Producing Blocks

Block 3 and 7 – DAR Petroleum Operating Company: China National Petroleum Corporation, Petronas, Nile Petroleum Corporation (8% equity)

Block 1, 2 & 4 – Greater Pioneer Operating Company: China National Petroleum Corporation, Petronas, Nile Petroleum Corporation (5% equity)

Block 5A – Sudd Petroleum Operating Company: Petronas, Nile Petroleum Corporation (8% equity)

Awarded Exploration Blocks

Block B3 – Oranto Petroleum, Nile Petroleum Corporation (10% equity) 

Block 5B – Ascom, Nile Petroleum Corporation (10% equity) 

Block B2– Strategic Fuel Fund, Nile Petroleum Corporation (10% equity)

Free Blocks

  • Blocks: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
  • Blocks: B1, B4
  • Blocks: C1, C2
  • Blocks: D1, D2
  • Blocks: E1, E2

First Licensing Round

  • Block A2
  • Block A5
  • Block B1
  • Block B4
  • Block D2

Get in Touch

Potential investors have until 23 August 2021 to request all relevant information from the Ministry of Petroleum by completing the Request for Information Form.

PLEASE NOTE: No information will be shared unless the Request for Information Form has been completed IN FULL. All information supplied will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Once the expression of interest process is concluded, the Ministry of Petroleum will host a virtual series of data presentations, followed by an international roadshow.

For further information:

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