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S. Sudan denies it plans to abandon Lamu port project


February 21, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan has disputed reports claiming it may abandon a plan to develop a crude oil pipeline between its oil fields and the port of Lamu in neighbouring Kenya.

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Sudan oil pipeline (Reuters)

The Kenya-based Standard newspaper, earlier this week, quoted the chairperson of New Sudan Federation (NSF), Costello Garang Ring, saying South Sudan could consider going to Djibouti or Tanga, “if the speed with which the Kenya government is constructing Lamu port and doing the railway does not change dramatically”.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s information minister, told journalists the NSF chairperson might have been quoted “out of context”.

“I can assure you that there is no way that the Republic of South Sudan is going to pull out of the Lamu project because it is a project that has a lot of future for the three countries, including our own country,” he said.

Marial said the project, estimated to cost between $22-23 billion, is a multi-approach project, to which the three countries of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia have committed themselves.

“It is geared towards development. In this project, there is the construction of highways, tourist cities, a pipeline [South Sudan-Kenya pipeline], the port, an airfield and railway lines connecting the two countries”, the minister told Sudan Tribune.

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.

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.

Last week, South Sudan’s council of ministers unanimously agreed to endorse the petroleum and mining policy framework of the oil ministry, which will guide petroleum and mining activities, as well as the operation of the ministry and its partners.

Officials say the new policy will play a vital role 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 shut down 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.

During the African Union-backed talks in Ethiopia last month, both governments failed to reach an 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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  • 22 February 2013 07:24, by master

    it’s became dull to repeat the same song
    plz change the tone

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    • 22 February 2013 07:56, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

      People should not think of failures on construction,because oil is the mean resource in Southern Sudan.If people add suspictious expectation!,you should avert your feeling from Northern Sudan government refinders.Concenstrate for construction,it will relieves some blames and fustraction support from our people.Marial had said it clearly for three country that they will gain from its.

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    • 22 February 2013 08:35, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The south Sudan information minister, always full of positive addreessing but their govt is very slow in the implementation of any propose projects,please let be more honest in our promises.The oil Pipeline project should not be for discussion among govt officials for their own benefit.

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    • 22 February 2013 08:39, by Turism

      master, pliz justify your statement if you don’t mind!

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  • 22 February 2013 07:33, by J P Puok

    we are fadeup with this visionless government led by these two outdated cowboys with no plan for nation at heart. How come could initiate plan A,B & C? pipeline alone will never save us, build the refineries and roads so we can transport our refine oil to the neighbour countries while we bargain.Look kenya already claimed discovery oil in Turkana land which isnt true only plan to stole ours on tra

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  • 22 February 2013 07:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The Republic South Sudan has made two optional biliteralily oil construction project with Republic of Kenya through port Lamu international market and Republic of Dijibuoti through Tanga port international market both are togather going.

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  • 22 February 2013 08:37, by Turism

    Kenyans can stole our oil if you south sudanese gov’t don’t take care, instead of crude oilpipeline why not reffenerry to be buit as part of the plan.

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  • 22 February 2013 08:40, by Son of Ngundeng

    The thieve that are called Kenyan the better ways for our oil to flew it is only Digbuti it was the best chose to me.

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  • 22 February 2013 09:51, by kamal

    Sudan should not worry about south oil. even if the pipeline is diverted the can still be help in other way round because they are black African not Arab but only under one condition if they overthrown NCP govt and Hanover five most wanted to ICC then they selected SPLM_N to be a ruler over Sudan.south Sudan will be convine to help their economic stable

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  • 22 February 2013 10:25, by Zeki

    The port Lamu project is a pending war for S.Sudan people in future.

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    • 22 February 2013 16:19, by zulu


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  • 22 February 2013 12:11, by bolingo

    Our goverment officials are good at talking and decieving people but slow in action.
    They jump to the construction of new pipe line than building modern refinaries that could produce refined oil products for both export and local consuption as they plan to construct the new pipe line to the port of djobuti than lamu because the kenyans would steal and divert the oil.

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  • 22 February 2013 12:40, by Guandong

    Djibouti port is the much more better than Lamu n its the nearest one.

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  • 22 February 2013 12:46, by nostalgia for 1 sudan

    the only feasible route for ss oil is through sudan.stop military support to splm-n and your oil will eeach markets within 1week.dont waste more time .people are hungry and they dont want political games.they want food and medicines

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  • 22 February 2013 12:48, by nostalgia for 1 sudan

    the only feasible route for ss oil is through sudan.stop military support to splm-n and your oil will eeach markets within 1week.dont waste more time .people are hungry and they dont want political games.they want food and medicines

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    • 22 February 2013 16:22, by Alier

      Nostalgia, you guys can dream it and eat it up yourselves! Do you guys know how many years we have been fighting you without oil money? You don’t tell us you are hungry, you need food and medicine; it’s up to you to find them yourselves. Who is your provider to find those basic needs for you? No South Sudan anymore!

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  • 22 February 2013 15:29, by Letigolight

    Kenya has discovered oil 100 km north of Nairobi, the idea of South Sudan pipeline and port Lamu does not sell to the Kenyan government, LET SS GO JIBUTI! and also keep quite about port LAMU

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  • 22 February 2013 15:45, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan is still playing dirty game here on this website to confusing those Southerns Sudanese people who don’t know destroying political talk.
    What North Sudan doing here they planning to destroying South Sudan oil pipeline planning by commenting on website with their fake names to confuse some Southerns Sudanese.
    Kenya is a good place for South Sudan Oil Pipeline.

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  • 22 February 2013 18:19, by sammartin

    I think that we should not abandon this project.

    linkLe pro de la piscine, les meilleurs conseils pour construire sa piscine en France

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    • 22 February 2013 20:15, by Nuer Empire

      We should link through Djibouti

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  • 22 February 2013 19:24, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

    were are they those of Stupid Arabs , Fuck you Arabs , Look our Oils Pipline is already done , were are they Nonsence People Northern Sudan and Jalaby they disappearing today . you don’t like to seeing our Pipline that is what I was telling you , is now working and Bye Bye yaa Jalaby.

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  • 22 February 2013 19:29, by Nyakuzuny

    exactly I know our God is Loving us because we are doing these thing and God using to help us, they will be ok and some are ok for the Name of our God thanks you Lord Jesus Christ and your Father.

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