Chad Uses Environmental Rules to Keep Tight Grip on Oil Sector

Chadian workers guide a pipe down a well in the Doba oil fields in southern Chad, Oct. 10, 2003 (AP photo by Susan Linnee).
Chadian workers guide a pipe down a well in the Doba oil fields in southern Chad, Oct. 10, 2003 (AP photo by Susan Linnee).

Chad is currently in talks with the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) over oil-extraction licenses that were revoked due to environmental violations. In an email interview, Celeste Hicks, a freelance journalist specializing in Africa, discussed Chad’s oil sector. WPR: What is the extent of Chad’s oil sector, and what plans are there for further development? Celeste Hicks: Chad is currently producing about 130,00 barrels per day (bpd) of oil. Around 100,000 bpd comes from the Kome oil fields near the southern town of Doba, which is operated by a consortium led by Esso and Malaysia’s Petronas, and about 15,000 bpd […]

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