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Sudan plans more oil projects for India

Sudan is planning to give more oil and infrastructure projects to New Delhi on a nomination.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 18:44 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Satisfied with Indian participation in oil, pipeline and power projects in the country, Sudan is planning to give more oil and infrastructure projects to New Delhi on a nomination basis, a top official said in New Delhi on Thursday.

"After the successful signing of the 500 MW power project by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), government of Sudan is planning to give some major India companies projects on nomination basis to implement including in oil and infrastructure," Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohammad said at a meet organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

The ambassador said the successful completion of the 741-km oil products pipeline from Khartoum Refinery to Port Sudan by ONGC Videsh two months ahead of schedule and the commitment of state-owned BHEL to undertake a 500 MW power plant and transmission line project has paved the way for Sudan considering more projects by Indian companies.

Stating that the government is still identifying the projects for award to Indian companies, the ambassador said: "We are satisfied by the capability of Indian companies. Indian Railways subsidiary IRCON is also negotiating a credit line from the Indian government for reviving and reestablishment of a 203 km railway line in Sudan."

The new railway line proposed is from Haiya to Port Sudan.

According to IRCON official Deepak Sablok, the feasibility study of the $252 million project has already been completed. Once the credit line is available the project would commence and be completed in three years.

"The project would involve laying of line, building stations enroute and signalling system but not supply of rolling stock," Sablok told IANS.

Indian Ambassador to Sudan Deepak Vohra also attended the meeting and highlighted the many investment opportunities opening up in the African country.

"Sudan is our hope in Africa," said Vohra, who revealed that of the $100 million credit line extended by India to Sudan, projects have already been identified for $99.9 million and of those $50 million worth have been executed.

ASSOCHAM president Anil Agarwal said that plans were being finalised for holding an Indian exhibition in Khartoum 'Indian enterprise, Sudan advantage'.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 18:44 IST