South Sudan Increases Oil Production To Over 200,000 BPD

Oil tanks at Manga Oil Field in Unity state. South Sudan has now sold 10 million barrels of oil since the oil production resumed in May this year earning gross revenue of US $969 million. [Gurtong | File]

He told journalists at the capital Juba saying the move came following lifting of threats by the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir to shutdown the South Sudan oil flow last Tuesday in Juba.

“We were producing around 190,000 barrels a day in the whole oil fields in South Sudan,” Dau said.

“In block 3 and 7 in Upper Nile we were producing 170,000 barrels per day because of the shutdown situation. In Unity we were producing around 20,000. Now we should be going up to over 200,000 barrels in Upper Nile in block 3 and 7 while we are now also increasing the production in Unity State,” said the Minister.

In June Bashir threatened to shutdown the South Sudan oil flow after accusing Juba of backing rebels fighting his government in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States. Juba denied the allegations.

Dhieu also announced the government’s plans to reopen some of the oil wells shut down in 2012 by South Sudan after accusing Khartoum of looting the oil resource.

“Next Thursday we are visiting Unity State for Commissioning one oil field call Tor which was brought down since the production shutdown in 2012. The oil field of Tor will be producing 5,300 barrels a day,” Dau said.

“By the end of the year in November another oil field will be brought back in Pariang County of Unity State and another oil field call Anar. These are producing 30,000 barrels in a day,” added the Minister.

Meanwhile he said South Sudan has now sold 10 million barrels of oil since the oil production resumed in May this year earning gross revenue of US $969 million.

Based on the sales, the government will receive a total of $238 million in transit, transportation and processing fee amounting to US $91 million and US $147 million as per the Transitional Financial Arrangements (TFA), the ministry stated in a press statement last week.

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