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S. Sudan deploys more troops in oil fields to boost production


February 16, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan has deployed more troops in preparation for the resumption oil production in areas where activities were halted as a result of the December 2013 outbreak of conflict, which badly affected production in Unity state and parts of the Upper Nile region.

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A worker walks through an oil production facility in Paloch in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, on 5 May 2013 (Photo: Hannah Mcneish/AFP)

The head of Nilepet, the country’s national oil company, disclosed Thursday that government hopes production resumes after preparations are fully completed.

“The government is doing the best to ensure that there is adequate protection at the sites where oil production would resume soon in unity. Preparations are underway,” said Machar Ader Achiek.

“The security forces are on the ground to provide adequate security and to ensure the safety of the oil workers and operators”, he added.

Local authorities, Achiek said, have started sensitising communities around the area to embrace peaceful dialogue and to help government at their level to bolster security at oil installations at Tharjiath field and other sites.

“Oil is a national resource and it is when it is extracted that the government can now be able to provide services to the people. If extraction is affected, the delivery of the basic services is also affected. So the resumption of the oil production is in the interest of both the government and the communities from where it is extracted,” explained Achiek.

He added, “This is why protection of oil sites requires cooperation from the communities”.

The Sudanese government, according to the head of the state-owned oil entity, agreed to provide electricity from Heglig and to work collaboratively with the south Sudanese authorities to protect oil workers engaged in production.

Northern Liech state information minister, Lam Tungwar said the state government will do its best to help the national government provide protection to workers in the oil fields as requested by the minister of petroleum, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, when he visited the newly-created state last month.

Since its independence, South Sudan has relied on oil for all income—a situation that has significantly compounded ongoing political and economic instability due to fall in crude oil prices.

According to South Sudanese officials, production in the past reached as high as 350,000 bpd but fell after a dispute with Sudan over fees for pumping South Sudan’s crude through Sudan’s export pipeline, which led Juba to halt production in 2012.

South Sudan got the lion’s share of the oil when it split from Sudan in 2011, but it’s only export route is through Sudan, giving Khartoum leverage and leading to the ongoing pricing disputes.


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  • 16 February 19:55, by Eastern

    So as the kleptocrats reinforce Thargat, Kaya, Naapal, Aswa, etc should become the main targets!!!!!

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    • 17 February 06:44, by Midit Mitot

      Nonsense, where were those forces, you are always confusing civilians,

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    • 17 February 07:13, by South South


      You are finishing your war under your computer. Everything will go on as planed by our government.This is what I call "Internet warriors". We are moving and your are writing in dark, sweet, sweet. Keep writing and we will keep working.

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  • 17 February 05:39, by Tilo

    This is not the best solution yet.
    End the war and work with no fear of fighting erupting, Oil and gas is more hazardous and is a weapon on its own, the government should not make a mistake where it can have more impact on the community living in and around the oil field. Oil and gas is a risky business that has Ratio active, Explosive, chemicals, (H2S, HOS, crude oil etc, that can be catastrophic

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  • 17 February 06:10, by Joseph Canada

    Another Government Employee resigned!! Lets here the Fate of the accusations he will be Given by LUL RUAI KOANG!!Or by the Dinka manipulators for that matter!

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    • 17 February 08:23, by junubi

      ware cannot solve south sudan problems only unity can bring peace into this nation.
      because machar has already expose south sudan to the hand of spoilers

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  • 17 February 08:59, by Kush Natives

    Northern Liech state information minister, Lam Tungwar said the state government will do its best to help the national government provide protection to workers in the oil fields as requested by the minister of petroleum, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, when he visited the newly-created state last month! I am like really? An oil is now located in Northern Liech state? You guys are freaking around uh?

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  • 17 February 09:09, by Kush Natives

    These bunch of thugs manipulated and betrayed Riek Machar in day light because of an oil thirsty! South Sudan will remained at war till kingdom comes, mark my words! We will shake this tiny country till we understand the fact: My question to those of Tabaan, Lol Gatkuth, and Lam Tungwar, are you folks working to create an another additional devastated conspiracy of a new conflicts among____con

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  • 17 February 09:17, by Kush Natives

    __neighbors communities? What made an oil wells transferred day lightly to Northern Liech from Ruweng territory? I can acknowledge the Tharjath one, because its located in Jegai, Koch county in the previous division of Unity state system. But, what I know in fact, Nyong-rial, Athony, Yaunyang, and so forth are not parts of the previous and current Liel/Liech state! Those oil wells are located___co

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  • 17 February 09:28, by Kush Natives

    __ Ruweng state territory. The populations of Ruweng state at large will not tolerate such deal of the government of national unity!!! We will not accept any N-word that designed to destroys Ruweng interest! The people of Ruweng state here left only with two choices now. 1) Break away from South Sudan, if ignorance persist. 2) Depend their land from any traitors who are serving this country__con

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  • 17 February 09:40, by Kush Natives

    __ for the interests of an indirect revenge. Northern Liel can confiscates an oil wells from Ruweng state land, because they have acquired or obtained power in the mean time. But, there’s always and will be a fact finding: I know that, Tabaan Deng can’t wait filled up his pockets as he used to be with an oil money. Conclusion to my topic. God Bless RS in particular!

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