PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has opened its first service station in Sudan, marking its entry into the retail marketing business there following its acquisition of the entire retail assets of Mobil Oil Sudan Ltd earlier this year.
Located in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, the existing service station has been renovated and re-imaged to reflect the Petronas brand and identity.
It carried the same look as Petronas service stations in Malaysia, the national oil corporation said in a statement.
Petronas Marketing Sudan Ltd, a newly incorporated Petronas subsidiary in charge of the retail business in Sudan, is now re-imaging the rest of 41 stations previously belonging to Mobil Oil Sudan, as well as three main bulk terminals in Gaily, Shagara and Port Sudan and 14 other depots in Sudan's upcountry areas.
The opening ceremony was held on Thursday in conjunction with the fourth anniversary celebrations of Sudan's Petroleum Day in Khartoum.
The ceremony was officiated by Sudan's Energy and Mining Minister Dr Awad Ahmed ElJaz.
Also present was Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican.
Petronas currently markets motor gasoline, gas oil, fuel oil, Jet A1, and lubricants in Sudan.
The company also owns an aviation depot in Port Sudan and has hospitality arrangements for aviation facilities at Khartoum International Airport.
At a separate ceremony, Petronas was awarded Sudan's exploration Block 8 with the signing of the exploration and production sharing agreement for the block.
According to the statement, the onshore Block 8 covers an area of 65,856 sq km within the Blue Nile Basin, north-east of Sudan's highly prolific Melut Basin.
Petronas Carigali Overseas has a 77% interest in the block.
The remaining equity is being shared between Sudan's national oil company Sudapet (15%) and High Tech Group (8%), a Sudanese company.
Petronas Carigali Overseas and Sudapet will jointly operate the block.
Petronas is already active in the upstream sector of the Sudan's oil industry.
Apart from Block 8, the company already has interests in Blocks 1, 2 and 4; Blocks 3 and 7; Block 5A and Block 5B. – Bernama
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