SPOC and GPOC
Greater Pioneer Operating Company is the descendent of the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company, which operates in the oil rich border area with Sudan. The joint venture was created to handle investment in Block 1A and Block 1B, which contain the Unity Field. The GPOC consortium consists of CNPC (40 percent), Petronas (30 percent), ONGC Videsh (25 percent) and Nilepet (5 percent). The area has a production capacity of 38,000 barrels per day of high-quality Nile Blend, though the operations are currently shut down.
Sudd Petroleum Operating Company operates Block 5A in Tharjath, which has a production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil per day of high-quality Nile blend. Facilities are not currently operating due to conflict in the area. Production in Block 5A began in 2006 at 40,000 barrels per day and peaked at 54,000 barrels per day in 2009. By 2014, however, production was reduced significantly to 4,500 barrels per day. SPOC is owned by Petronas (67.8 percent), ONGC Videsh (24.2 percent) and Nilepet (8 percent).