South Sudan Struggles To Increase Oil Production After War

Oil-rich South Sudan is struggling to increase production of crude several months after the end of its civil war, and the political upheaval in neighboring Sudan is in part to blame. The signing of a peace deal in September helped open the way to resuming drilling in South Sudan’s key region of Unity state, but output has been more sluggish than expected in the country with Africa’s third-largest oil reserves .“We had wanted to be farther along but it’s not an easy task,” the oil ministry’s director-general, Awow Daniel Chuang, told The Associated Press. That has hurt recovery from a five-year conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people. Billions of dollars in oil revenue were lost during the war as many oil rigs were shut down or destroyed. Production in Unity state has increased to 175,000 barrels a day since September but is far from the target of 200,000 barrels. Before the civil war began in late 2013, production across the country had been about 350,000 barrels a day, according to the oil ministry. Chuang attributed the slow recovery in part to technical challenges, the lack of funds for new machinery and fluctuating oil prices. The surprise ouster of Sudan’s long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in April also has complicated recovery. South Sudan and Sudan share an oil pipeline and other resources, and earlier this month South Sudan’s oil minister had to travel to Sudan to release materials stranded at Port Sudan, the sole port for South Sudan’s oil exports, because workers were busy protesting issues related to the post-Bashir transition. Despite the obstacles, South Sudan’s government says it should come close to achieving its oil production target by year’s end when it expects all five rigs in Unity state to be operational. 

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Nice to hear ... But they have to solve many problems before oil. The South Sudan government has urged the UN Security Council to remove sanctions against it. The body had placed the country in the sanctions list in 2015 following reports of gross human rights violations in the conflict that ravaged the country ...

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Oil is a bright future for poor country... The violence and abuses in South Sudan and the flow of weapons that fuels them must come to an end...It too long lasts

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North Sudan-Uganda-South Sudan. So, triangle which is like a circle: no start, no end.

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6 minutes ago, francoba said:

Oil is a bright future for poor country... The violence and abuses in South Sudan and the flow of weapons that fuels them must come to an end...It too long lasts

Some of the geopolitical experts said: If South Sudan could not use Marsa Bashayer (port in Sudan) to export their oil, the war would continue.

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3 minutes ago, 50 shades of black said:

Some of the geopolitical experts said: If South Sudan could not use Marsa Bashayer (port in Sudan) to export their oil, the war would continue.

In fact, religion and sectarian rivalries are their everyday lives: a flashpoint for conflict.

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I'm not sure that they think about oil, in situation when they have no food...

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