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South Sudan gives PetroDar President 72 hours to leave Juba

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February 22, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Wednesday said it has given the president of Petrodar - a Chino-Malaysian oil company - 72 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with the government and continuing to receive instructions from the government in Khartoum.

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Liu Yingcai, former Petrodar president

Stephen Dhieu Dau, the country’s oil minister told reporters on Wednesday that some oil companies in South Sudan were not respecting the terms of reference of the memorandum of understanding which they signed in December.

He said that violating this agreement had forced the government to announce the expulsion of Liu Yingcai, head of the Petrodar on Tuesday.

Petrodar is a consortium comprised mainly of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) with a 41 percent stake and Malaysia’s Petronas with 40 percent.

The government is also annoyed that Petrodar has not transferred it’s main office from Khartoum to Juba, the capital of the republic of South Sudan.

South Sudan seceded from the north in July last year taking with it 75% of the oil reserves that existed under the united country.

Talks between Khartoum and Juba over the fees South Sudan should pay to export it’s oil using the north’s infrastructure have failed to bring the sides to an agreement.

Juba is demanding $1 a barrel while Khartoum wants $36. Efforts by the African Union (AU) mediation team in Addis Ababa have so far failed.

The Sudanese government is demanding over $1billion in unpaid fees since July last year when the previous deal expired coinciding with South Sudan’s independence.

South Sudan denies it has not been paying fees and accuses its northern neighbour of "looting" $815 million in oil revenues and has responded by shutting down oil production completely last month.

Juba says that Khartoum has illegally sold at least three shipments of it’s oil, including 600,000 barrels on ship awaiting to dock in Japan, and has vowed to sue any company that purchases southern crude from North Sudan.

South Sudan has accused unspecified oil companies of collaborating with Khartoum in “stealing” and marketing the crude it confiscated. Petrodar deny this insisting they have complied with all instructions from Juba.

The government further accused Petrodar of lack of cooperation in the implementation of the government’s decision to shut down oil production and negligence on the impacts of oil operations on the environment.

South Sudan also accuses the Chinese-Malaysian company of dishonesty. The ministry of petroleum says that when it went through the process of stopping production it discovered that the company was producing 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) more than the 230,000 bpd it was declaring.

Many government officials regard the expulsion of the PetroDar president as a new start for South Sudan, so the new country can deal with irregularities in the oil sector.

On Wednesday South Sudan said it has started reviewing all oil contracts signed by the Khartoum government, while the country was still united - a departure from it’s previous policy.

PetroDar hold concessions in Palloj in Upper Nile state, where South Sudan was producing over 60 percent of its crude oil before the shutdown.

The oil crisis is one of many raising fears of a return to war between the two countries. Decades of civil war, leading up to the 2005 peace deal that gave South Sudan the right to secede, left 2 million dead and over 4 million displaced, according to the UN.

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  • 23 February 2012 06:45, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Jalaby,you are a southerners who is still residing with Arabs as their agent or Milisa who are still baging from Arab,s table,the president of the patrodar is to LEAVE the country south sudan capital Juba, and for me it should be less than 72hrs,because they are thieves.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 23 February 2012 06:58, by silk Kottora

    We are looking forward to the day where we celebrate the expulsion of the bloodsucking and plundering PETRODOLLAR and its likes from the whole Sudan

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  • 23 February 2012 07:28, by Konan

    Brothers, we Northerners don’t care whether u shutdown the oil fields or set it on fire. We don’t give a damn whether u loot your own money or starve to death. It is none of our business whether u expels the guy or hang him in the broad day light nearby John Garang’s grave. Jalaby could be a southerner too. Who cares?

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    • 23 February 2012 07:46, by Xeno

      Konan,

      I think you dare care, thats why you were stealing it [oil]. And in fact, that Chinese idiot is leaving. period!

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  • 23 February 2012 08:11, by BM Bol

    South Sudan shouldn’t only expel them, they sue them for stealing the oil as well.

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  • 23 February 2012 08:50, by Padiet Deng Alony

    any stubborn company head will face the same if still getting instruction from our former foe the north

    hope that the new president would not follow the same footstep of fired thief the former president.

    China has no good humanity record while Malaysia constitution put islam as national religion, watchout.
    Petrodar HQS need to be in Juba soon

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  • 23 February 2012 09:01, by manyang mawech

    Where are my friends Bol and D.M?
    When it comes for national issue, nothing can bother you except when you hear something about VP whether is good for all nation.Woo shame for those two DINKA.

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  • 23 February 2012 09:19, by Konan

    Xeno,

    U r totally wrong my friend, we took and we shall take our portion of the cake if u dare pump and export your oil through our country, otherwise we don’t give a shit. Bashir right now is too busy inaugurating new projects and dams no time left for immature politician such as Fagan, Kiir and their likes. The Game is Over.

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    • 23 February 2012 10:34, by Dau-arok

      South Sudan gives petrodar president 72 hours,yes is right let him leave juba,with in the hrs mentioned by the goverment of South Sudan.they are working to gethering with NCP.let our oil remaining with out those thief of NCP.

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    • 23 February 2012 11:50, by Lorolokin

      Konan ,

      Why don’t you ask your self simple question (who is running after who?,for what? and why?)you keep on screaming we have turned our pipelines to friendly countrise and we don’t want any relationship with you either.

      Kinkak.

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  • 23 February 2012 16:53, by s sudan boy

    south sudan’s decision is good move to expel petroDar President. Government should also expel Mr riek in order to settle oil problem as we all know that he sought some illegal contract to get his own benefit as he did in khartuom during his defaction.

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  • 24 February 2012 09:47, by siddaw

    72 hours is absolutely long. he could have been given 4 hours to look for belonging and stagged off.

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