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Oil pumping in South Sudan’s Unity and Thar Jath fields to resume within 60 days: minister


June 30, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Ministry of Oil and Gas on Saturday has expected that oil production in South Sudan’s Unity and Thar Jath oil fields would resume in less than two months.

Oil mining employees walk near the first well to restart production in the Thar Jath field in Unity state on 6 April 2013 (HANNAH MCNEISH/AFP/Getty Images)

South Sudanese parties Wednesday signed the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement, where they committed themselves to a permanent ceasefire and pledged to finalize a deal on the pending issues in the governance chapter of the 2015 peace agreement.

The declaration provides to resume immediately in collaboration with the Sudanese government the rehabilitation of the damaged oil installations in the Unity region, Blocks 1,2, 4 and 5.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) on Saturday quoted Sudan’s oil minister Azhary Abdel-Gadir as saying the maintenance teams would arrive at Unity and Thar Jath oil fields in early July.

He expected that oil pumping in the two fields would resume in less than two months, saying they seek to reach maximum production capacity in these fields before the end of this year.

It is noteworthy that the Khartoum Declaration does not provide for the immediate resumption of oil production because South Sudan’s opposition led by Riek Machar rejected this idea saying this step should intervene after the signing of a comprehensive political settlement.

In the draft agreement, Khartoum proposed to repair and protect the installations in coordination with the South Sudanese government and to resume the production which will intervene within several weeks when the discussions are concluded.

South Sudan heavily relies on oil income to fund up to 98% of its budget. Also, it relies on the Sudanese pipeline to export its oil production through the Red Sea.


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  • 1 July 2018 04:29, by Kuch

    I hope the Nuers who own the Tharjath oil fields land should negotiate for a better deal from the company that will be renovating their oil fields. Because the corrupt Dinka/Jaang government may use their Tharjaath oil money to kill the Nuers. Other Dinkas/Jaang which still have the remaining functioning oil fields and the non running oil fields in Jonglei can delegate the current government>>>

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    • 1 July 2018 04:37, by Kuch

      to negotiate on their behave with the oil companies. The current government must let the South Sudanese people know of which companies and from which countries are those countries that buy our oil resources? If it is China, India, Malaysia or Japan. Then the government of South Sudan must let the those countries & their companies be paying the money from our oil resources to the government>>>

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      • 1 July 2018 04:42, by Kuch

        of South Sudan & the government of South Sudan would come and pay the North Sudan the transit fees. And if the country or the companies that buys our oil resources are from the US & the UK? Then the government of South Sudan must think of terminating that agreement that gave the evil corporate America or the UK company that right to buy our oil oil resources>>>

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        • 1 July 2018 04:48, by Kuch

          For all l Know, almost all l Know, almost all the current productive oil fields including the non functioning oil fields of Jonglei, l mean over 90% of them are all in the Dinka/Jaang lands. Except Tharjath oil field which is in the Nuers land. But Tharjath was long since been destroyed by the Nuers when they started their aimless armed rebellion in 2013-2014>>>

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          • 1 July 2018 04:56, by Kuch

            Now that our oil fields have become some bones of contention between our country vs North Sudan, and between our country vs the evil corporate America & her allies. A new deal is needed, and the new deal isn’t going to be with the US, the UK & some of their creepy allies like their gulf Arab states of Saudi Arabia. Oil for food piece of crap that was experimented in Iraq more than ten years ago>>>

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            • 1 July 2018 05:01, by Kuch

              is what the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies want to repeat here in our country. But if all the South Sudanese people think the same like some of us who just can’t take anything to do with the evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states paymasters & their cloned arabs of North Sudan. Then this whole love affair of our country & our people>>>

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              • 1 July 2018 05:09, by Kuch

                by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states’ paymasters & their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan can be terminated even today. Reasons, pure HATRED & RACISM. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs, their evil juus, their gulf Arab states’ paymasters & their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, consider themselves to be our new>>>

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                • 1 July 2018 05:14, by Kuch

                  colonizers. And we some of fools & traitors like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot, Thomas Cirillo & other bunch of foreign puppets who have sold their souls to these vermins or worms & they would also want to sell our country & our people vermins. But this is South Sudan though, a country where people have an absolute contempt towards any evil on earth who thinks/she can stand over>

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                  • 1 July 2018 05:20, by Kuch

                    our necks. Our Jonglei oil fields must not be channeled through North Sudan to red sea. If China really wants to have a trading relationship with with our country & our people, then China should think of building a refinery here in Jonglei state. And the government of South Sudan must at all cost look for a friendly country that would want to take risks and would want to do business>>>

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                    • 1 July 2018 05:26, by Kuch

                      with South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Oil refinery here in Jonglei will help South Sudan’s economy more than the money we get from others after oil export from red sea. Our oil refinery will enable our country to sell to Uganda, Kenya, ethiopia or DR Congo. Our myopic leaders are the ones who have hand on the current blackmails>>>

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                      • 1 July 2018 05:31, by Kuch

                        our country & our people are being subjected by our enemies. Now everybody have seen how our so-called allies have been treating us & our country ever since. Fools like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Rebecca Nayandeng, Thomas Cirillo and other criminals are being held hostage by the criminals many of our fools called allies>>>

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                        • 1 July 2018 05:35, by Kuch

                          in foreign capitals as their bargaining chips to crawl their evil selves back into our country so that the evils would come back & loot our country like they have been doing in DR Congo, CAR, Libya, Angola, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine. But as far as we are concerned, there will be no way under the sun, we will allow the evil white American, English people, their evil juus,>>>

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                          • 1 July 2018 06:01, by Kuch

                            their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states & some of their creepy allies in between. Reasons fellows, pure HATRED & RACISM. Fellows, our country is going to be like Somalia. But our country is going to be worse than Somalia because we are well armed & we have an absolute contempt towards any evil on earth who thinks that he/she can>>>

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  • 1 July 2018 09:51, by Kush Natives

    Those former rebels elite are rushing to explore oil just for the name of their pockets. Otherwise, they accept the reality. Why are they depending on Bashiir to protect the oil installation? This is showing how much weaker our leaders are. Bashiir is mocking them currently.

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    • 1 July 2018 22:04, by Kenyang ll

      Kuch Native,
      You’re smearing the blame when it’s the rotten regime led by stupid Kiir to blame for surrendering the country and its resources to National Islamic Front (NiF). Yes, South Sudan is better off with our oil shutdown instead of benefiting our mortal enemy. But hey you milk what you grown: blind and stupid man leading the nation into cliff.

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      • 1 July 2018 22:18, by Kenyang ll

        Sudan should logically just receive $1 per a barrel but instead coward President and his poor negotiators gave them $25 a barrel. Broad daylight robbery. Khartoum continue to receive same amount even in times when barrel was $35.

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  • 1 July 2018 17:08, by aborigin

    South Sudanese should first negotiate Panthou/Heglig before rushing into any raw agreement.. Machar is right on this. As a matter of facts Khartoum wants to salvage its ailing economy and M7 wants to creep back into South Sudan. South Sudan should make its demand to be met by Khartoum crystal clear.. i said in my former post that another plan is being executed and ST deleted my comment.

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