South Sudan Starts Pumping Oil At 10,000 Barrels Per Day

The Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau. Sudan and South Sudan agreed last month to resume oil production. South Sudan previously produced 350,000 barrels a day. [Gurtong | File]

On Saturday, the government launched the resumption of the oil flow in Tarjas, Unity state as part of the implementation matrix reached last month with Sudan.

“The production of Tarjas is normal but with the delay in Unity Oil fields, we will be producing 10,000 barrels per day,” he said.

In Unity oil field which is located in northern Unity State, Torkonam and Pariang Counties, the minister says that the technical preparations are going on well.

“Fifty percent may be ready for the resumption in the next few days but another 50 will need some more weeks to be brought back to the production level that is in Unity oil field particularly in the oil field in Pariang County,” the minister added.

He says that they are expecting the resumption of oil in Upper Nile by 20th April but not beyond that.

He added that the money from the oil is expected to be collected by June.

“Regarding the first money and the marketing of the crude, we will be starting marketing the crude at the end of May and the money will be collected around the end of June or the 1st of July,” Dhieu told the media.

In Upper Nile, Dhieu said he visited Paloch oil field and that the technical readiness is 100% with integrity assessment of the pipeline taking place.

“The only thing that will be completed in the next few days is the pipeline integrity assessment. People are working to check the pipeline from Paloch pump station one to the central processing facility in Jeblin,” he said adding that, “Upper Nile used to produce 250,000 barrels and from beginning we will start gradually may be from around 180,000 and within one or two months, it will come to normal level of production before the shutdown.”

About the Lamu- Project, he says the government is still doing its own feasibility studies.

Toyota, a Japanese company did a feasibility study but the minister says that they will do an independent study.

He says the flow of oil is a sign of peace between the two neighbours and that they are showing that they have opened a new page.

The minister added that the flow of the oil will benefit the two countries of Sudan and South Sudan.

According to him, the flow of oil means improvement in service delivery to the people of South Sudan.

South Sudan shut down its oil production in January 2012 after failing to agree with Khartoum over oil fees, throwing both nations into turmoil. 
After months of negotiations, Sudan and South Sudan agreed last month to resume oil production. South Sudan previously produced 350,000 barrels a day and the oil shutdown threw both countries into economic and political turmoil.

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