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February 16, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday expressed optimism about the possibility of exporting its crude to international markets by 2014 using an alternative pipeline passing through neighbouring Kenya, in what is an apparent attempt to avoid using the port of neighbouring Sudan with which it is engaged in a series of post secession disputes.

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Speaking to journalists after a weekly cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday, the minister of information and broadcasting services, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said the members of the cabinet had unanimously agreed to endorse the petroleum and mining policy framework of the oil ministry during deliberations chaired by vice-president Riek Machar Teny.

He said the policy will guide petroleum and mining activities, as well as the operation of the ministry and partners, particularly in laying out procedures and processes relating to granting contracts to international and national companies wishing to invest in the petroleum and mining sector.

South Sudan shutdown oil output a year ago following a dispute over how much the new nation should pay in pipeline fees to transport crude via its northern neighbour for export from Port Sudan.

At African Union-backed talks in Ethiopia last month both governments failed to reach agreement on a number of sticking points, including the South’s alleged ongoing support for northern rebels and the withdrawal of troops from border regions - a prerequisite for resuming oil exports.

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The minister told reporters that the minister of petroleum and mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau, had briefed the council during the meeting with a Kenyan delegation headed by the secretary for the Lamu Port and Lamu Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET ) corridor project, Sylvester Kasulu.

“President Salva Kiir last year travelled to Kenya to participate in the breaking and laying down foundation for the construction of Lamu port. The team from the Kenyan government working on the site had come to Juba to brief the government of the progress of the work,” Marial said on Friday.

“They met with the minister [Stephen Dhieu Dau] and discussed with him issues related to the progress of the work. They told him water systems and road and the electricity have been put in place. The other issues they discussed with the minister are issues related to intergovernmental agreements. These are some of the issues the minister shared with members of the cabinet and [it] was decided he should go ahead. There is a general agreement between the two governments that discussions must be concluded so that the agreement is signed as soon as possible”, he added.

Marial said construction of the pipeline through the Kenyan port of Lamu will begin when feasibility studies, contracted to German company ILF, are completed by the end of the year.

“The Kenyan government had managed to get some funds from World Bank and the African Development Bank to start the work. A construction on the Kenyan side will begin on the 25th [of] this month. A police headquarters and houses for the port management [are] said to be under construction. They [have also] shown some progress in power line and water supply systems,” Marial explained.

He expressed optimism that the country could export its oil via the Kenyan transport link by 2014 if construction started immediately after completion of feasibility studies on the proposed route.

“The impression we are getting from the international companies with experience in construction of pipelines is that it takes maximum of one to two years and they say we could begin to export our oil by 2014 which is good news to our people. And in fact what is important is now that the work should start immediately. The minister of petroleum and mining will next week go to Kenya to sign the final agreement on how the construction work [will] be carried [out]”, he said.

CITIZENS SCEPTICAL

While the South Sudanese government has expressed optimism, some citizens remain sceptical about the possibilities and reality of finishing feasibility studies and construction of the pipeline within a one-year period.

“I am not an expert in pipeline construction but I don’t think it will take the company less than six months or a year to complete feasibility [studies], let alone construction. It took more than three years for [the] Chinese to complete construction of the pipeline from where they are today to port Sudan. So talks of one year are just political assumptions to raise public hope”, Aguer Madut Deng, a native of Warrap state currently visiting Juba told Sudan Tribune on Friday at South Sudan Hotel.

Arop Kuol, a native of Abyei, said it is possible to finish the project within one year as long as work on the pipeline is done by a capable construction company.

“I think it can be done within one year if there is [a] capable construction company. What is required is a work force to be on side”, he said expressing fears over insecurity in the area which is yet to be addressed.

“My worry is not about [the] time it will take. It is insecurity in where the pipeline will pass. This will require a lot of work. It means the government should deploy [a] huge force to provide protection to the workers. The local population needs to be properly educated about the benefits of the construction of the pipeline. They need to be involved in the construction. The work force should be from the area where it will pass. It should actually be turned into [a] source of employment”, Kuol added.

Deputy speaker of the national legislative assembly, Daniel Awet Akot, said the construction of an oil pipeline had “immense benefits” for the local population where it passes.

“It will provide[a] source of employment to some of our youth in the area where it passes. It will provide security because the government will have to deploy forces there. Indeed there are immense benefits,” Akot told Sudan Tribune on Friday, stressing that people should not worry about the timeframe it will take to complete construction.

“Actually the focus should not be about time. The element should be the subject of concern. We should focus on the start. Let us remove this challenge first”, he said.

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  • 16 February 2013 04:28, by master

    hahaaaa
    still raving

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    • 16 February 2013 04:56, by Bolman

      noooooooooooooo this is lie I cannot consider this is a lie where South Sudan got money of pipeline build to kenya do they go back to’s pockets money or they collect back the looting corruption money anyone can let me konw where the pipeline money come from
      B.M

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      • 16 February 2013 06:08, by Panthou

        Bolman, you need to learn a little bid on how the world is running the business. I can fairly agree with you about the corruption, but not where south Sudan can get money! The whole world is run by what so call (loans) if south sudan is approved for$9 billion, that pipeline will open in 6-9 months. Do you know how much the interest will be? 1 million to $1 1/2 million. I am telling you the system

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        • 16 February 2013 06:29, by Bolman

          Panthou this alie there no a single Country in the World wide who can let South Sudan take aloan from them first of all put in mind that don’t the World enconomic is broken if you don’t know that go on research and u will learn from there I’m sure there is no money in South Sudan by now and nobody will accepted the big liare corruption Country like I cann’t lent u my car while I knowugonnave accid

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          • 16 February 2013 06:43, by Panthou

            I know Bolman, but let’s pray for our country Bol! No matter what happened! South Sudan will remained South Sudan, or our beloved land. Don’t just bypass that please!

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            • 16 February 2013 07:02, by Bolman

              Panthou
              our Country is a man no talks Country which I never seen in my life

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    • 16 February 2013 04:59, by Nuer Empire

      I don’t like this Abyei boy(Arop)whose fore fathers had sold their land to the north and opening his dirty ass here and Awet Akot who causes insecurity in Lake State and had drafted 39 laws against Nuer.These looters should leave us alone with our resources under our grounds.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 16 February 2013 05:59, by Jay

        Nuer-village-boy, don’t you know that the article is about South Sudan hopeful of exporting oil through Kenya by 2014? If not ask someone who know how to read write and comprehend English!

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        • 16 February 2013 06:41, by Nuer Empire

          Jay:Stupid!! I can read and understand faster than you.I was one of the outstanding students at the times idiot.If I touched your useless uncles f**k them to your dirty villages.
          The Nuer Empire

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          • 16 February 2013 08:24, by George Bol

            Guys,
            You are wasting your time talking with that Nuer empire. Don’t you know their stupidity in general?

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            • 16 February 2013 10:27, by Nuer Empire

              George Bol:Tell me the types of fights you wanna fight.Here are your problems.Illitracy,poverty,Ngundeng curse and leprosy curse that has almost taken away the communities fingers in your dirty Bor villages! Fighting against me is not simple,but am not ready to fight rather I will fight when you provoke me.Stupids are those who see leprosy as a curse in their villages.Backward child from Dinka Bor

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              • 16 February 2013 10:33, by Nuer Empire

                You and Panthou have not read and understood what! Abyei boys shouldn’t be given any post in South Sudan here as they will drive all public fund into their pockets and they don’t even know a single name of South Sudanese village beyond Dinka villages in Abyei.They are immigrants who have refused to fight for their rights.
                Gar goka(The Nuer Empire)

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      • 16 February 2013 07:07, by Panthou

        Nuer empire, what do mean by Dinka boy?

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    • 16 February 2013 06:34, by Nuer Empire

      In our culture laughing for simple thing is the indication of stupidity

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  • 16 February 2013 05:01, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I hope the statement by promising 2014 for crude oil to international market via Kenya will not become negative.

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    • 16 February 2013 05:31, by kamal

      Hahahahaha bhasir will cry again after hearing that very greedy n big heart for south oil

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      • 16 February 2013 06:02, by Tueny Cengkot Babayee

        Interesting if it is fulfilled, yet be vigilant about how tricky rest of Kenyans are!.

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  • 16 February 2013 06:31, by master

    no way
    south sudan runnig out of money
    just dig your grave
    nice sense
    BAD LUCK

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    • 16 February 2013 06:58, by Panthou

      Master, you will be a mama soon, mark my words down please! the year 2013 is the year of NCP ending. No more NCP left behind!!

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    • 16 February 2013 07:11, by Bolman

      Master nobody will died in SOUTH sudan because of your duming words believe me South Sudan will kick off your dirty hole ass that has already pucking on by Saudi Arabian believe me South Sudan just kicking off your ass by bullets not by cooke because we are the real Christains who don’t dirty thing like you gays of North

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    • 16 February 2013 07:52, by zulu

      Sweet pussy Mistress
      Your situation is a lot worst than ours. We can endure without fear. However, for you who ate rats, voltures and dogs, the sheer acclamation by the goons in power becomes a meaningless hope for the ignorant like you. The smartest of Sudanese are opposing the government harshly for its lack of progressive sustainable system. It rules through fear. And Darfur, Nuba Mountains.

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      • 16 February 2013 07:59, by zulu

        and the Ingesna have realized the deceipt designed to rob them of their wealth through a policy of nationalism where only a few have access to this wealth at the expense of those who have it. They now demand an equitable sharing if not, but to a greater degree even expung the theives out.
        We are ok when we wanted to separate for 50ys. Every trip begins with a step even if it is far. We will go

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        • 16 February 2013 17:04, by zulu

          Both the governments of US and Canada have been talking of a pipeline from Alberta to US for 3yrs. It has not started. Also last year, Canada wants to export its oil to China by building a pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia. It has not started. Both governments of US and Canada are super wealthy. But have not started pipeline excavation. It is a dream which will happen. So also with SS. Ame

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  • 16 February 2013 08:09, by Pif Paf

    Useless government !! Always quick to make "hopeful" statements with no actions. You are damn right to mention security but reality is you will never secure the whole length of this pipeline just like Nigeria. With all the armed militias and civilians, it is a dangerous place for a pipeline. Its will make Nigeria’s Delta rebels look like small change. cont ..

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    • 16 February 2013 08:13, by Pif Paf

      But i wish this dream pipeline does get build you know y? So SAF can bomb it. We will never forget Heglieg. If SPLM does not pay appropriate compensation then believe me SAF will take its revenge. There was/is nothing worth damaging in S.Sudan but this pipeline could be a Start.
      DEAD PIPELINE

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    • 16 February 2013 09:11, by kamal

      My Question is why all Arab fled to south Sudan? What is good there? Answer me prf or whatever they call you

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  • 16 February 2013 08:34, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Its sound very excellent to implement,continue!.

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  • 16 February 2013 13:03, by James Maker Akok

    People,
    LOL, I’m happy now with thankful to South Sudan for taking oil pipeline to Kenya whether it will take years no problem, the problems is a North Sudan I don’t want North Sudan to get rich from South Sudan oil while North Sudan is against South Sudan. Is not good to make your enemy rich with your resources as North Sudan is a enemy for South Sudan.

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  • 16 February 2013 13:06, by Northern Sudanese

    who cares? let them dream!

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    • 16 February 2013 13:07, by Northern Sudanese

      by 2014 they will say the same thing!

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      • 16 February 2013 13:44, by James Maker Akok

        LOL, you said who care, you will blame each other later when everything become like inside needle in North Sudan.

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        • 16 February 2013 14:06, by Northern Sudanese

          James Maker Akok
          why should we care about your oil? its to halve by 2020 anyway, + your oil was worth only $4 billion , we covered $2.5 billion of that already by gold! let a lone the other upcoming projects!
          we don’t want your oil, but we just wonder what you will do when it runs out? lol

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          • 16 February 2013 14:29, by James Maker Akok

            Northern Sudanese,
            LOL, faking yourselves is not going to give you any benefit. All world countries know North Sudan has no resources they know resources are inside South Sudan. World countries are talking about North Sudan forever poor country and they saying South Sudan will be a world wealthy rich Country.

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            • 16 February 2013 18:11, by Northern Sudanese

              no resources in sudan? lol , your dumb! go educate yourself! south sudan a rich country? in what way? other than oil it has nothing but arable land! just prove a simple sentence of what your saying!
              in south sudan:
              the worst health crisis
              over 50% of people depend on food aid
              over 90% in poverty
              the highest illiteracy rate
              no1 said south sudan will be rich except south sudanese who are dreaming

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      • 16 February 2013 15:54, by master

        northern sudanese
        by 2014 no south sudan will be there
        believe me

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        • 16 February 2013 18:14, by Northern Sudanese

          master
          yea they will probably all die from drinking Urine!

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          • 16 February 2013 18:52, by master

            i wish something from heaven like what happened in Rassia yesterday

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            • 16 February 2013 20:00, by James Maker Akok

              North Sudan,
              Me, I don’t tell liars, I tell what were already discovered and written.

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            • 16 February 2013 22:25, by James Maker Akok

              Master,
              LOL, hahahaha I see you now you hating me for you to said you wish something happen from heaven in South Sudan like what happened in Russia. Truth need to be tell like what I said long times UN will kick North Sudan out for not paying money and UN did it, that is the ways the things I said are going to happen in North Sudan.

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          • 16 February 2013 22:14, by Jay

            Northern Sudanese, are you wishing all South Sudanese to die so that you can have all the wealth you cry for all the time? So sad my friend, that’s your dream that will never come true. Just forget about South Sudan wealth and build your life without South Sudan. May be we will hire you to clean our houses and watches dishes for South Sudanese and we will pay-you well!

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