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Sudan Plans to Start Pumping Oil in Darfur, Minister Says

Sudan is drilling its first oil well in the western region of Darfur, the site of a seven-year war, as part of its bid to boost output in sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest producer of crude, the petroleum minister said.

“If things are going well, even by December next year, there’s nothing to prevent us from having 600,000” barrels a day, Lual Deng said in an interview in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. Sudan now pumps about 450,000 barrels a day, he said.