On Sunday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that the country has plans to develop their natural gas market by driving foreign investment into the country, Reuters reported.President-Omar-al-Bashir

With gas reserves estimated at 3 trillion cubic feet, plans include extraction and import of natural gas to facilitate industrial and power generation. With no gas terminals or pipelines the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is not an easy option.

Bashir said that the government had established a state run gas company which would install a pipeline from Port Sudan to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

 ‘We will work to increase the production of gas inside Sudan and … to open the doors to investment,’ he said.

 According to the Environmental International Agency (EIA) the bulk of energy being generated comes from hydroelectric facilities and by adding gas to the energy mix, electricity tariffs could be reduced.

Following a talk between Sudanese defence minister and Qatar in November, these developments could strengthen and facilitate a trade agreement between the two countries, where Qatar has enough gas reserves to export to Sudan.

With a population of 8 million, only 29 percent have access to electricity, according to the World Bank. The need to expand electricity access into remote areas is a key element in facilitating economic growth and development, where gas could be a key driver in achieving this vision.

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