Al-Jaz also said that Sudan planned to increase its output of refined products by expanding capacity at the Khartoum refinery to 100,000 barrels a day (b/d) from 50,000 b/d by the end of 2003. On 6 February, the government plans to issue a tender for the construction of a 730-kilometre pipeline linking the Al-Fula oil-producing area with the refinery.