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South Sudan: Block B’s history

Block B has failed to produce a single barrel of marketable crude in its almost 40-year history. In 1980, Total signed an exploration and production-sharing agreement (EPSA) with Sudan to operate the block for a 40-year period. But development was arrested by a combination of war, sanctions and the secession of South Sudan in July 2011.Work was suspended in 1985 due to security concerns arising from the second Sudanese civil war, which raged until 2005.

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