Sudan calls for bidders to build own and operate thermal power plant
A landlocked country of 45 million people, Sudan is emerging from decades of sanctions with an ambitious investment drive. Currently, Sudan has more than $23 billion of active projects in the Oil & Gas, Transport and Energy sectors.
THE Sudanese Ministry of Energy and Oil has opened the bidding to construct and operate the $800 million Al Fula thermal power plant, with the successful company announced in March 2022.
The 460MW thermal power plant will produce 350 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for local demand for cooking gas and more than 3,000 barrels of condensate per day. The scope includes constructing a gas pipeline and gas treatment plant to fuel the plant. The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development will provide the project finance.
The Khartoum Refinery Company JV, an initiative between the Sudanese Petroleum Corporation (90%) and China National Petroleum Corporation (10%), plans a $3 billion expansion to the Khartoum Refinery. In March this year, the refinery was decommissioned. Construction work will start in July 2022 and continue until 2025.
The refinery processes Sudanese indigenous crude oil to meet the country’s demands. The refinery came online in 2000 with a daily capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The expansion will double the processing capacity.
Also under consideration is a $600 million investment into solar power plants across the country. Financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the initiative will boost Sudan’s power capacity by 500MW.
Construction on the new $1.2 billion Khartoum International Airport resumed in June to render the airport capable of initially handling 6 million passengers annually within its 86,000 square metre terminal building for phase one. Financed by The Export-Import Bank of China for the Sudan Airports Holding Company, the development will include two runways of 4km each to handle the Airbus A380 double-decker, the passenger terminal and a 300-room airport hotel.
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