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South Sudan embarks on building Bentiu oil refinery


December 14, 2012 (JUBA) – The ministry of Petroleum and Mining of the Republic of South Sudan and a Russian giant oil company have signed a ground breaking agreement to build a Bentiu oil refinery in order to provide fuel for the new independent country.

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A Southern Sudanese soldier walks past a crude oil reservoir tank at a field processing facility in Unity State on November 10, 2010. (AFP)

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Thursday on behalf of the government by the Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau, in the presence of the Unity state governor, Taban Deng Gai, has paved the way for implementation of the project following further approval by the Council of Ministers.

South Sudan is an oil producing nation but has no oil refineries while there is high demand for fuel. It imports variety of fuel from the neighbouring countries with high costs and sometimes scarcity.

Unity state, which produces the most quality petroleum products, is the second to Upper Nile state in terms of the quantity of output.

The proposed Bentiu oil refinery is the second project of its kind to reach the level of implementation after the Tangrial oil refinery in Melut area of Upper Nile state which foundation was laid last month.

None of the two oil refinery projects is yet to take off and may take a year or two before any of them starts to produce fuel for the region.


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  • 14 December 2012 06:36, by Young Lotuko

    Do you guys think this new deal with the Russia is going to help us win Abyei? Russian cant be trusted

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    • 14 December 2012 07:12, by Dinkawarrior

      Whoever interested for Oil have to accept our rules and regulations without objection!
      Must be far away from Jalapa and must be refusing for any deal given by Arab!
      Darfur will be a third country breakaway from North Sudan after South Sudan, because of it behaviors. North Sudan will be remain Zero Oil country for it life as long as Nuba and Blue Nile are continuing to resistance!

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    • 14 December 2012 07:13, by Dinkawarrior

      Whoever interested for Oil have to accept our rules and regulations without objection!
      Must be far away from Jalapa and must be refusing for any deal given by Arab!
      Darfur will be a third country breakaway from North Sudan after South Sudan, because of it behaviors. North Sudan will be remain Zero Oil country for it life as long as Nuba and Blue Nile are continuing to resistance!

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    • 14 December 2012 09:21, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      You Keep on signing MoU,without any implementation to hell with the MoU

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  • 14 December 2012 06:53, by Bolman

    that is the only way Splm can do go back to the communist dictators Country like Russian and China without USA support you have nowhere to go with your corruption Russian is the most dictator country all over the World,God nust condamn the idiots splm cheaters ss look like unindependent Nation because of those unless leadership who misdirected and mismanaging the funds of the World donations, sham

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  • 14 December 2012 07:00, by master

    what about pipeline project of kenya

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    • 14 December 2012 07:13, by Alier

      You don’t tell us what to do; we know what to do and when to do it! It will be wiser for you to pay more attention to what’s going on in your country Sudan first. We all know things are not going well over there for you. Clear up your house first and you’ll be wiser to tell other what to do in their house.

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    • 14 December 2012 07:15, by hellonearth


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    • 14 December 2012 07:20, by Santino Akot

      Hi Mr. Master. you have no right to question the people of Southern Sudan for what about pipeline project of Kenya?. an less you are from South Sudan and sold out to the North Sudan for food. otherwise, stay out of this. got it mr damn ass master.

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  • 14 December 2012 07:16, by hellonearth


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  • 14 December 2012 07:27, by wang

    Stephen Dhieu and Taban Deng Gai first should know that Russian is a Khartoum stepbrother and would not have been signed that faked deal with them. Russian itself can steal our oil and give it to Khartoum in daylight

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  • 14 December 2012 07:37, by Madiak

    Why another one or two years why why my people you are not serious....

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  • 14 December 2012 07:58, by philipdit wol

    Let, s not misuse our Memorandum of understanding (MOU)Put
    action against any thing we agree up on.

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  • 14 December 2012 07:59, by King of jungle

    Dear Me,
    it is useless deal dat u SPLM and buyer call Russian Made,it ain,t make sense u are increase the da problem,don,t u know dat Russian is da second Jalaba,why are we brought our selves a problem that we will face 2morrow? mind u dat now u sight a deal wize a terrors and looters pepple call Jalaba cuze they are da one and they have da same Objective and Russian is one who kill S.Sudanese

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  • 14 December 2012 08:03, by Joseph Canada

    Another Big promising deal just in the lines of the so many that have been mentioned before and No result. Welcome to the God governance!!

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  • 14 December 2012 08:05, by King of jungle

    Dear Me
    U will CRY, CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,CRY,and CRY if u will believe and make a deal wiz Fucken and useless indirect Jalaba called RUSSIAN,They kill us indirectly and they want to take OUR Resource? what dat hell/

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    • 14 December 2012 16:28, by Nyakuzuny

      mr. King of Jugnle , it is not mean that the Russian is one who support Arabs , brother during Stuggle of Splm/Spla in the South Sudan , Russian people was supporting Us ,when we was in fighting .

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  • 14 December 2012 08:14, by 4Justice

    “A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can
    change the world.” -– Old Proverb

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  • 14 December 2012 08:16, by 4Justice

    “A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can
    change the world.” -– Old Proverb

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  • 14 December 2012 08:19, by ForAll

    October 20, 2009 (JUBA) – The Sudan’s state minister of Energy and Mining, Mrs. Angelina Teny, stressed the importance of conducting a proper feasibility study in pursuit of building a less costly oil refinery in Southern Sudan.

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  • 14 December 2012 08:20, by ForAll

    Mrs. Teny on Tuesday advised that it was important for the Southern Sudan oil ministry to conduct feasibility study in some other locations so that the implementation of the project can be achieved without spending too much money unnecessarily.

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    • 14 December 2012 08:21, by ForAll

      She explained that the project would need pipelines as the safer means of transporting crude oil, but added that it was very costly to do that while ferrying it by land is hazardous to the environment.

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  • 14 December 2012 08:23, by ForAll

    January 27, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday described closure of oil production as “economic liberation” from north Sudan at a time when the dispute over oil fees increased tensions between the two countries.

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  • 14 December 2012 08:25, by ForAll

    Minister Lual Deng, a southerner, said once the south — which has some 75 percent of Sudan’s 500,000 barrels per day output — becomes independent as expected on July 9, U.S. companies would be welcome to work there. Sudan has been under U.S. trade and economic sanctions since 1997.

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  • 14 December 2012 09:25, by Jalaby

    What draw my attention here that Sudantribune didn’t mention the capacity of this new refinery and how much barrel per day will it produce?!
    I think Sudantribune ignored to mention its capacity for obvious reason I guess!
    It’ will produce 500 barrels per day or may be 1000 in most case! Anyway it’s better than depending on Arab/Jalaba all the time! Better than nothing!

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  • 14 December 2012 10:10, by Tribe

    Economic 101 of South Sudan:
    Bar el ghazal: contribute zero but take 1/2 of the national income
    Upper Nile : produce oil which is now supporting the entire nation but received 1/4 of national income
    Equatoria: contribute gold, diamond , timber, and could be our powerhouse of hydroelectric in future , but received 1/4 of the national income.
    Is this not an inequality in our wealth distribution?

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    • 14 December 2012 11:15, by akid malual

      Tribe man thing about entire country respone not tribe us you mention. tribe role end in 1991 of ssim atrocity and massacre in jonglei state.

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      • 14 December 2012 11:39, by Kurnyel


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    • 14 December 2012 12:02, by Man alone

      Mr. Tribe,i know you are the evil behind all the evil things occuring in our beloved country,your comment and forum name here suggest 100 percent reason why South Sudanese will not trust themselves as people of one nation.I wish you should refrain from thinking such evil ideas.

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  • 14 December 2012 16:57, by Kim Deng

    This project should have been done 4 years ago if not because this Jungle (South Sudan) has been run by corrupt idiots.
    It’s good the arabized Nubian gov’t (NIF/NCP) refuses to let these thieves use their land for transit. I wish they (NIF/NCP) mosquitos keep doing that until these thieves in the south acknowledge their mistakes.

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    • 15 December 2012 05:18, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      This plan should have been put to work 2006. Shot minded people are running our Admst. The Adminst is so done with to dirty people minded people. This refinery could have servicing domestic consume for last 3yrs. Ours uncles in ROSS does not think positively for nation economy of the country. To build nation need refineries for oil, metal, gold, mining, food facories, roads, airport and ship port

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  • 15 December 2012 09:26, by Mapuor

    The only solution to South Sudan problems is vision.What do we want to achieve over the next ten years?These simple things will help,cut back on the army and uniform services by 80%.Improve on non oil revenues collection and use.Open more universities to educate the young.Open vocational schools to train school drop outs on variety of trades.Revisit the current remuneration system.

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  • 15 December 2012 09:34, by Mapuor

    The number of SPLA generals should be reduced to only seven now and then to three after 2015 elections.Functions should determine the number of officers .Uniform services Generals are not needed.Each state should have only one for each service.Build schools,roads,hospitals,recreational centers,establish agricultural schemes to produce sugar,cereals,legumes,root crops,fruits and vegetables .

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