As Covid-19 spreads its infectious tentacles ever further and tighter around the globe, it is no surprise to see the knock-on effect of the pandemic on licensing round plans throughout the world.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country had planned to launch its first license round in Q1 2020, with 14 blocks in the north of the country on offer. However, with uncertainty around the state of the industry post coronavirus, the launch has been deferred indefinitely. South Sudan produces 178,000 bpd but hopes to reach 250,000 bpd soon.