To ensure peace in the region and as a precursor to the Khartoum Peace Agreement, a Political Charter was signed between the Government of Sudan and factional groups in southern Sudan.
An agreement was signed with the Government of Sudan giving Lundin, and soon after the consortium, the right to search for oil in Block 5A.
The Khartoum Peace Agreement was officially entered into by the Government of Sudan and factional groups in parts of southern Sudan where oil operations were to take place.
March to August 1997
Scouting trips were conducted in the area to find potential drilling sites, base camp locations and to assess infrastructure needs.
1998 and early 1999
Seismic data gathering and conducting of environmental studies.
Exploratory drilling started in Thar Jath in April.
Thar Jath rig site was attacked in May and three guards were killed. All seismic and drilling activities were discontinued.
Operations were recommenced in January.
Commercial oil discovery at Thar Jath was announced in March.
Operations were suspended in May, initially due to the onset of the rainy season but increasingly due to the unstable security situation.
With the exception of a short period in December 2001, Lundin never resumed field operations before it sold its interest in the area two years later.
Sale of interest in Block 5A to Petronas.
After exiting Block 5A, we continued to advocate for peace.
Detailed information regarding our activities is provided in the “Lundin History in Sudan”.