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Khartoum orders foreign company to “steal” S. Sudan’s oil

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By Julius N. Uma

January 14, 2012 (JUBA) - A foreign oil company on Saturday said it was ordered by the Government of Sudan (GoS) to load 650,000 barrels of South Sudan’s crude oil onto a GOS Vessel MT Sea Sky, a revelation that seems to confirm earlier claims by Juba of its oil being ’stolen’.

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Oil worker in Sudan (Reuters)

The oil loading process, according to Petrodar Operating Company (PDOC), was “required” by the Khartoum government, “non-negotiable” and overseen by the latter and its national security organisations.

The current operator of the Petrodar pipeline in Sudan, which only transports oil from South Sudan territory (Block 3 and 7), PDOC is a consortium of national oil companies mainly from China, Malaysia and India. The company further operates the Al Jabalyn processing facility in Sudan as well as a marine terminal in Port Sudan.

Reacting to the statement, South Sudan’s petroleum and mining ministry said it was shocked by Khartoum’s decision, urging all Sudanese citizens and those in the international community to condemn what it described as “blatant theft” of South Sudan property.

“If these events are true, the GoS has committed blatant theft of Republic of South Sudan property and all Sudanese citizens and members of the international community must denounce the same,” said Stephen Dhieu Dau, the petroleum and mining minister.

The minister also warned against purchasing the stolen oil barrels, which it estimated at $65 million at the current market price, saying that any person who attempts to do so or otherwise handle or deal with the said oil, including facilitating the purchase, risks legal action.

Dau in his January 14 statement also lauded foreign oil companies for “consistently” defying alleged orders by the Khartoum government to divert all South Sudan’s oil to the Sudan based El Obeid and other Khartoum refineries.

The Khartoum government, the petroleum minister reiterated, has also blocked the export of any oil entitlement from South Sudan territory since December 25, stressing that its actions were justified in efforts to secure payments in kind for fees the South incurs in transportation and processing of its oil through infrastructures located in Sudan.

But Khartoum’s argument, he said, suffered a “fatal blow” when foreign oil companies sent a letter to both governments, clearly acknowledging that since its independence South Sudan has promptly paid the required oil fees, contrary to Sudan’s claims.

“The timing of this letter and the GoS’s new instruction to PDOC cannot be viewed in isolation from one another,” reads the minister’s strongly-worded statement.

Both the north and South are due to meet for the next round of negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But analysts say that the the two may fail to reach a meaningful consensus given the poor relationship between the neighbouring nations.

On Friday, South Sudan’s petroleum and mining ministry and foreign oil companies completed the historic signing of a transitional agreement, aimed at boosting bilateral relations between the two countries on several issues.

The signing of these agreements, which took place in Juba, the South Sudan capital, also climaxed the visit of high level Chinese delegation led by Li Yuanchao, a senior member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) political bureau.

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  • 15 January 2012 07:58, by George Bol

    Now, the Khartoum has stolen our oil in the daylight, so what can our government of South Sudan do?
    The threat from Khartoum has reached the saturated stage.

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    • 15 January 2012 08:36, by Stephen kuach

      Our civilians are being kill in daily bases and our oil is being steal openly by the Northern Sudan government and our government of South Sudan are doing nothing about it,what kind of government is that?if the government doesn’t care about it’s citizens and it doesn’t care of it’s resources how can it be called a government?

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      • 16 January 2012 07:19, by Ahmado

        We in south sudan,we don’t have strong government and strong leaders John Garang has left us like orphan.in my view we need new leader who can care for his citizens and resources. we have leaders who can loots public money which looked into themselves as important and enjoying watch their brothers and sisters being killing by khartoum in the boarder and there is no reaction from government.

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    • 15 January 2012 09:22, by Ayuen deng

      Ithink the company will be responsible of any lost of our oil,we should not blame our goverment because the oil is not in south sudan and fail to protect it.what i can argue our goverment is to sue the campany for lost of our oil.

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      • 16 January 2012 07:58, by Ahmado

        Ayuen Deng i think you are also part of that weak government evryday complain to internation communities to come to solve our problems. our oil being stolen by khartoum and we have minister of mining Stephen Dhieu Dau what is he doing? they suppose stop that useless company i will continue tell you that after two years later s.sudan resources will get over because there is no protection from gt.

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    • 15 January 2012 09:29, by SeekingTruth

      SOUTHERNERS NEED TO REAPPEAL THE DAMN CONTROVERSIAL CONSTITUTION THAT MR. KIIR HAD PASSED SO THIS CURRENT REGIME SHOULD BE IMPEACHED ASAP AND VOTE IN A RESPONSIBLE GOV’T THAT WILL BE ANSWERABLE TO THE NORTH. I AM TIRED OF BEING LED BY CROOKS AND THUGS WHO DON’T KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT RUNNING A NATION!

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      • 15 January 2012 17:07, by Hardball

        The question to the foreign companies is, did they accept the order to steal South Sudan oil? If yes, they ought to be fired, because they’re thieves who accept the orders from other thievies.

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      • 15 January 2012 20:41, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. SeekingTruth,

        Don’t be stupid, you’re too emotional to think clearly, stay away from politics.

        Be a real man and use your real name instead of idiotic "seeking-something" you called yourself. You’re a waste of space dude!.

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        • 15 January 2012 23:57, by AUGUSTINO DENG

          Dear Mr Elijah B.Elkan,

          Keep showing "sycophancy" on your damn uncle called Mr. Salva Kiir Miyardit. You don’t know one day you will hit the rock with him. The most stunted leader I have seen showing disunity amongst his communities is Salva Kiir himself. Because he is a "bonehead," that is why he doesn’t know anything.Salva Kiir is nothing to the South Sudan, I can not venerete him for sure.

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        • 16 January 2012 11:23, by SeekingTruth

          @ ELIJAH, WHO ARE YOU OTHER THAN JUST ANOTHER IRRATIONAL THUG WHO IS SUCKING THE BLOOD OF THE POOR CITIZENS TO DEFEND KIIR GOV’T? WHERE ON EARTH OTHER THAN KIIR’S REGIME WOULD YOUR COUNTRY’S RESOURCES BE CONTROLLED BY ANOTHER SOVEREIGN COUNTRY? DON’T YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO PULL YOUR BRAIN OUT OF YOUR @#$%^**???

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    • 15 January 2012 15:59, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Mr.George Bol,

      The only person that I can blame is the President of South Sudan Mr. Salva Kiir Miyardit. Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit does not know exactly what is going on.His eyes are blocked by Dollars and that is why he doesn’t see the game, which Khartoum Government is doing.South Sudan had separted from Khartoum Government on July 9,2011.So,what is the point of sharing our assets with Khartoum?

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    • 15 January 2012 17:09, by pabaak

      Petroleum minister said he shocked by Khartoum decision! this is a sign of inexperience in this ministry, NCP behaviors are known since they came to power, steal,lie, every pathetic behaviors are their typical life style,is good now prtodar oil company has reveal this truth, otherwise the ministry could have not know what is going over there.

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    • 15 January 2012 17:39, by Good Citizen

      Shameless Nuer on WELFARE RECEPIENT in USA collected about $45,000 welfare money and send them to destabilize our nation south sudan. SHAME ON WELFARE RECEPIENT NUER!! Collecting useless money to Buy useless Arab guns! shame
      on you!http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_new...

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    • 16 January 2012 07:00, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The GOS has the right to stoten S Sudan oil,why?because you in the GOSS you are not very serious in taking control of the Pipeline and monitoring what exactly in the Feild,oneday i was travelling in the Field of Adar where oil company are, in Upper Nile State,on GOSS representative in the Feild,only what i saw are the Arabs and Chinese they are enjoying

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 15 January 2012 08:08, by Sir. Nostalgic

    Look at these blind leaders of South Sudan! Why are you crying now when you knew that Sudan has never agreed with you in term of oil transport and you opted to send you oil again to Sudan. How can you send your things to enemy? I am sorry for you all and you should quit the posts and leave other capable Southerners to take over because you are doing nothing at all.

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    • 15 January 2012 09:14, by Logic

      "foreign oil companies sent a letter to both governments, clearly acknowledging that since its independence South Sudan has promptly paid the required oil fees, contrary to Sudan’s claims."

      So why do the racist and bitter northern elite on this site continue to accuse the new nation of not paying its due fees? mind boggling!!!!

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  • 15 January 2012 10:27, by Ruach

    Con..Wait for ur fees quitely.Why do u take that amounts which may be less than your 8 months fees as u claimed? Greediness will kill fake Arabs of Sudan!They left their land due to poverty that hit them & now disturbing our land.Death to all fake Arabs who stay in Sudan!You & Mohamed Dog shall die like flies if u think u can rely on our resources sons of Desert!!

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  • 15 January 2012 10:48, by Marolditapei

    GoSS should suspend any deal with Khartoum for now and focus on building a pipeline through Kenya. Some companies said they construct a pipeline with four months. Bu it seems that GoSS leaders are only after what they want to make out of their deals. What was stolen is 98 times greater than what is revealed. GoSS is really failing if that is the case. Suspend the production of oil please!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 15 January 2012 11:59, by Northern Sudanese

    why the fuck are u southern sudanese crying over us stealing your oil? we are not even stealing it!!!!!!!!!! just please shut the pipeline and built a pipe through kenya PLEASE!!! your all getting us a headache. shut the pipe don’t be worried about us just shut it NOW!!!!!!

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  • 15 January 2012 13:30, by Tambura

    I have been saying this for last six years, kiir and his gangs they are lack of judgment and leadership they will never deliver any type of service to people of south Sudan because they don t know what to do. There for as I said it many times we have to remove them by all means,as leader of south Sudan new generation you have to join us so we can fight this...
    Tambura

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  • 15 January 2012 13:57, by Tambura

    Now fakes Arabs became thief under their shria law we should cut every hand which stole our oil. They cuts over 500 southern Sudanese hands in 80th with claim that they stole things costed more than 100p.

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    • 15 January 2012 23:36, by pabaak

      you are right Tamura, stealing South Sudan resources to the Northern Sudan Government is " Halal" while stealing the Northern resources is always " Haram". no surprise for their behaviors because they didn’t expect that South Sudan will own its resources, so they are kind of desperate that why are doing abnormal things,things like enforced your own fees to an international commodity like oil.

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  • 15 January 2012 14:43, by James Maker Akok

    Republic of South Sudan, eought is eought, ROSS should not make polite again to North Sudan, no more friendship. Some body doesn’t like your friendship is better not to make friendship with. So North Sudan refuse Republic of South Sudan friendship with them. A north Sudan heart, is to turn Republic of South Sudan into fire that is North Sudan heart. please let pippeline oil go to Kenya.

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  • 15 January 2012 14:50, by James Maker Akok

    Also no North Sudan Ambassador in Republic of South Sudan because north sudan is not good friend with Republic of South Sudan. 816-872-2635

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  • 15 January 2012 15:29, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

    It s Un-Islamic to steal,Sudan implicted on true stealing charges.where do Sharia stand here?.

    They companies have to confess fairly,co-operates with ROSS and launch complain through world trade organisation(WTO) to pressure sudan repays they said % amount to south.

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  • 15 January 2012 15:31, by Jamjamez

    Kick out all the oil companies that obey the North Sudan orders. Terminate any oil that goes to refineries in the North and build your own refineries within South Sudan.
    See! you are not a strong government even the oil company could ignore you and obey the foreign government. Shame on you corrupt SPLM leadership. You are bringing us shame for not protecting our natural resources.

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  • 15 January 2012 17:31, by M.ELSUDANY

    Both Government are stealing the oil revenues from their citizens this the truth the writer of articles want to say
    but he does not know how? and where? our dishonest so-called
    Northern & Southern Political Leaders deposit the stolen
    money.You just need a good Journalist to find out where the accounts are?
    More Than 99% of the people on both sides of the Borders are very very Poor.

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  • 15 January 2012 17:34, by Marolditapei

    Salva and Pagan are pushing for unwanted deals. They are risking the development of South by letting resources go in that manner. Just leave the oil there, it will not rotten and keep a focus on building pipeline through Kenya. Some companies have pledged even to completing it within four months. Don’t make the future of the country looted because you want to gain somehow without regard to the Sou

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    • 15 January 2012 17:45, by Marolditapei

      th. To main deadly and destructive deals with Khartoum is a violation of the oath that was taken by Salva during South Sudan Independence when he cited that he "Pledged to stand to defend the rights and interest of the people of South Sudan". Salva should first of all invite UNMISS to control Abyei and all border areas with Sudan and to declare a no-fly buffer zone in those areas. We know that..

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      • 15 January 2012 17:51, by Marolditapei

        Abyei is South Sudan and it will always be no matter! But for Southerners to deal with all crisis posed by Khartoum, regime change is needed in the North and if it could be done within six months, it will save alot of time for wealths to be preserved in South Sudan. GoSS should strive by all means to bring down Basir and his cliques including the islamist Turabi as well as Sadiq and Mirghani. We..

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        • 15 January 2012 17:59, by Marolditapei

          don’t need all those figures, Bashir is even better than cliques of gangs like Sadiq, Turabi and Mirghani. We need fresh faces like Yasser Arman or someone from Blue Nile, Nuba or Darfur to take over. A secret submit should be convened outside of Sudan among the newly formed SRF so that deep infiltration into Khartoum for regime change is carried out strategically and successfully. Please stop...

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          • 15 January 2012 18:05, by Marolditapei

            production of oil very quickly and respect any deal with Bashir and Northerners. They are not longer our masters any more. And so you too Salva, Pagan, Riak, petroleum minister, finance, defense, Bank governor...etc, you should not be attempted to think that they are still your masters and submit to them up to a point of letting them loot the wealths of the South

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            • 16 January 2012 01:58, by pabaak

              yes Moralditapei, your points are true, these meeting with jalaba in Khartoum are just waste of resources and time, instead they shift their focus to develop non- oil revenues to offset total dependence on the oil, we can explore other minerals such, cooper, gold, you name them,and then border taxes, these are enough to pay and equip our troops to defense our nation, and shut off this

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              • 16 January 2012 02:04, by pabaak

                pipeline because its openness does more harm to us then close it, because, these looting of our oil will not stop unless this regime in Khartoum is no longer in power, because stolen oil money will be used to fund its proxy war against us and against the marginalizes forces in the northern, which is not acceptable.

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  • 15 January 2012 17:41, by Good Citizen

    Shameless Nuer on WELFARE RECEPIENT in USA collected about $45,000 welfare money and send them to destabilize our nation south sudan. SHAME ON WELFARE RECEPIENT NUER!! Collecting useless money to Buy useless Arab guns! shame
    on you!
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/world/africa/south-sudan-massacres-follow-independence.html?_r=1

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    • 15 January 2012 17:57, by Good Citizen

      Equatorians are about to join their fellow brothers, Murle to rescue them from the looting of ANIMALS called Nuer. These Animals will suffer so so much! Equatorians in the SPLA are about to Quit.just be patient!http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/w...

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  • 15 January 2012 20:03, by ebony

    You do not want to pay the pipelines fees even part of the fees as the GoS requested..Pagan wanted to press on the Sudan for Abyei..you owe Sudan too much..now either you fully pay or shut the oil valve ..it is in your country..very strange..you support rebels against Sudan ..not pay any fees for six months and want things to go as they are?

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    • 15 January 2012 21:22, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Ebony, If that’s your real name, it’s pathetic for a smart man/woman not to use their real because they are afraid of the consequence of an known, and there are too many like you on this discussion board. Those who hide behind women skirt will never achieve any leadership. Leaders are born, not made.

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      • 15 January 2012 22:37, by Kashta

        Elijah B. Elkan,
        It looks to me that Khartoum is taking your oil and flipping the middle finger at you, and the only thing that you can do is to insult fellow Southerners on Sudantribune website, Khartoum is already under sanctions and the president and many others are wanted by the ICC. they have nothing to lose my dear friend. What would you do Mr. Born Leader ?

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        • 16 January 2012 00:21, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Mr. Kashta, First, no need for me insult southerns because everyone is struggling to live another day. Second, you have those imbeciles who thinks they know it all on this website. "What would I do?" I will support my country first before I supported a foreign country like Khartoum. North Sudan is an evil country and it will always remain so. Support your government.

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          • 16 January 2012 06:36, by sober

            Southerners at this time roaming Khartoum streets like stryed goats. Some of them surfing the web from inside the capital. Khartoum government is very very very weak. It’s unable to expel those southerners from north Soudan.

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    • 16 January 2012 07:53, by Nasreldin

      This is the most logical comment.
      grow up boys.. nothing free

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  • 16 January 2012 10:45, by ILoveSudan

    Ebony Strange is ’nt?
    not only that topple the govt, have free boarder trade, dual nationality, Abeye, full access to ports, use piplies facilities and inftastructure. FOR ALL OF THAT PAY DAMN NOTHING.
    AND ABOVE ALL THE HATRED RUDENESS AND INSULTS I really find it revolting.

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