South Sudan’s Unity Oil Refinery To Open In July

A section of oil wastes at the Unity Oil Field. The refinery at Yonhial, Unity Oil field is under construction by the Russian company called Safinat. [Luk Riek Nyak]

Gai made the revelation while addressing thousands of citizens who turned up to witness the historical inauguration of a state house in Kuacjok, the state capital of Warrap State.

“The high price of fuel will soon reduce in the country with the presence of our own refinery system in the country,” Gai said.

The Governor said the oil refinery has a capacity to produce at least 5,000 barrels of oil per day. Gai however feared that heavy rains may affect the ongoing preparation for the refinery to be operation by the 9 July when the country celebrates its second independence anniversary. 

He however decried the threats of Sudan to shutdown flow of South Sudan’s oil within 60 days from 9 June 2013.

“Sudan has shutdown our oil from flowing through its Port Sudan on Red Sea to international markets. We are on process to seek any alternative pipeline to reach the international markets,” the governor added.

Sudan recently announce it would halt flow of South Sudan’s oil through its facilities, accusing South Sudan of supporting rebels fighting its government in Southern Kordofan, Darfur, White and Blue Nile states, an allegation Juba brushed aside. 

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