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Khartoum agrees to assist Juba in restarting oil production in Unity state: official


January 12, 2014 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) – South Sudan’s minister of Petroleum and Mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau, has arrived in Khartoum on a previously unannounced visit to discuss restarting oil production in Unity state following government army’s recapture of the key state from rebel control.

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Sudan’s minister of oil, Makkawi Mohamed Awad (R), receives his South Sudanese counterpart, Stephen Dhieu Dau, at his office in Khartoum on 12 January 2014 (SUNA)

The Bentiu and Tharjath oilfields are situated in the Unity state and are believed to be producing around 45,000 barrels per day (bpd).

In Juba, a senior government official said that Dau is in Khartoum to deliver a message of “full commitment” to implementing cooperation agreement

“Yes, the minister is Khartoum. He went to deliver a message of assurance from the president of the commitment of the government to fully implement cooperation agreement," the undersecretary at the ministry of Petroleum and Mining Machar Ader said on Sunday.

Dau, who held talks with his Sudanese counterpart, Makkawi Mohamed Awad, on Sunday, told reporters in Khartoum that Juba seeks to restart oil production in Unity state, saying that this requires directing Sudan’s Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC) and South Sudan’s Nile Petroleum Corporation (NILEPET) to work together for this purpose.

He pointed that talks addressed ways for helping oil operating companies in South Sudan particularly as they face security challenges in Unity state, adding that they discussed problems facing oil companies including supply, equipments, and technical needs.

The minister further said they also tackled needs of oil companies for Sudanese workers and engineers in Unity and Upper Nile states oilfields, affirming that committees from both sides would soon look into the issue.

Makkawi for his part expressed readiness to immediately meet requests made by South Sudan’s petroleum minister so that oil could flow for the benefit of both peoples.

Oil companies in Unity state from China and India evacuated their workers after fighting broke out and made sure to shut down the oilfields there.

Ader said the oil in Upper Nile state continues to flow normally. “There is no interruption in the production and flow of oil in Upper Nile State. It is continuing to flow normally”, Ader told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview.

The conflict in South Sudan erupted on 15 December with fighting among a group of soldiers in the capital, Juba. The violence quickly spread to several states, cleaving the nation along the ethnic faultline of former Vice president-turned rebel leader Riek Machar’s Nuer and President Salva Kiir’s Dinka.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, an International Crisis Group analyst was quoted last Friday by the New York Times as saying. In December, the United Nations had put the death toll at about 1,000.

Last Monday, the Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir paid a solidarity visit to Juba to support his southern counterpart, Salva Kiir Mayardit. He agreed to send 900 Sudanese oil workers to help restart oil production.

On Wednesday, Reuters quoted oil industry sources as saying that South Sudan’s exports of heavy sweet Dar Blend will drop to 4.6 million barrels, or about 148,000 bpd, in January in a revised loading programme, one source said, down about 21 percent from 187,000 bpd originally planned.

Dar Blend is produced in the Upper Nile state, in Blocks 3 and 7 that are operated by the Petrodar Operating Company.

Two of the seven cargoes that had been scheduled for loading in January have been deferred to February, he told Reuters.

Exports of Nile Blend, another Sudanese crude, have also dropped after production was shut in South Sudan’s Unity state last month. The grade is also produced in Sudan where output is stable.

In a revised loading programme seen by Reuters, two Nile Blend cargoes will load in January, down from three originally, the sources said. These include a cargo that was scheduled to load in December.

Sudanese officials downplayed any adverse impact of complete oil shutdown in South Sudan despite transit fees forming an integral part of the 2014 budget.

Khartoum gets a fixed fee from Juba for every barrel of oil exported through its pipelines which helps it cover a portion of its budget hole and more importantly provides a stable source of hard currency needed to import food.


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  • 13 January 2014 07:38, by hellonearth


    what’s your input on this? Kiir has officially handed over South Sudan only source of income back to the Arabs. we are slaves again. Kiir you will burn in hell.

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    • 13 January 2014 08:27, by Rommel

      What are my thoughts on the matter? I don’t want Khartoum involved in our internal affairs, in any capacity, under any circumstances. Salva Kiir has compromised our *sovereignty*; the incompetent cretin had six [6] years during the interim period to diversify our economy, build an alternative pipeline and refineries in Greater Upper Nile...

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      • 13 January 2014 08:30, by Rommel

        ..but he and the rest of the ’government’ helped themselves to billions of our dollars — and this is why we continue to be politically and economically tethered to an enemy State that occupies around at least 30, 000km2 of our territory.

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        • 13 January 2014 09:41, by Jalaby

          Mr Rommel,
          That exactly what I expected from you!! unfortunately your view and solution are always hijacked by Abyei case and you will never be able to make a fair judgement or rational thought!
          I’m 100% confident, in your believe, the south Sudan "independence" is incomplete and meaningless to you as long as Abyei still at the hand of Arab!

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          • 13 January 2014 09:48, by Jalaby

            You know from your bottom of your heart that the south will never ever stand on its legs without Khartoum support & help regardless of who rules the south,Salva Kiir or Riek Machar because both will head north because the Oxygen is coming from north and they can’t live without it!
            You probably know the fact that the communications between Machar rebellion and Khartoum

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            • 13 January 2014 09:53, by Jalaby

              never stopped since this crisis started and Kiir knows and blesses this communications because Khartoum stands at the same distance from both side and refused to attack Machar from behind because this war is taking the shape and aspect of tribal fighting between two very essential tribes (Dinka/Nuer) in the south and Khartoum decided not to point their gun to anyone

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              • 13 January 2014 09:59, by Jalaby

                of them, both tribes are so interfered with north and Nuer specifically are known historically as Khartoum strategic alliance!
                Khartoum decided to intervene peacefully and resolve this problem, I am telling you, never surprise if Khartoum hosted a face to face peace negotiation between Kiir & Machar!
                Just ask yourself, since when US appraises Bashir?!

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              • 13 January 2014 10:24, by Deng II

                Jalaby "Khartoum decided not to point their gun to anyone"
                No true, there were fighting on Jau in 11/01/2014 between
                Spla and Homo-El bashit army forces. they tried to take advantage when most of Nuer army rebelled in Jau. Homo-El-bashit tried take Jau and part of Parieng county, knowing that Kiir will announce it because Kiir coax him to let oil flow and not support Riek. U know Kiir is fear now

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                • 13 January 2014 10:32, by Deng II

                  Right now Arab army forces come to Pankuach and made it as borderline. From kollek, to Panthou(heglig) to Pankuach. In the near future when Kiir become desperate to hold on to leadership, Homo-El will made Rubkona as borderline. Believe it or not u will see it in the coming near future.

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                  • 13 January 2014 10:41, by Deng II

                    Arab are desperate to find a way to reach river Nile. And when they do make Rubkona as a new borderline which mean it should be the other side of Nile River,the whole Ruweng Dinka area will fall under the jurisdiction of North and they will become South Kordofan.

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                    • 13 January 2014 19:31, by Oppressor

                      Can u Deng II name those areas in dinka lanaguage coz the areas you mentioned above are all of them ’ve Arabic names & u still claim they belong to you !!!!! so funny

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        • 13 January 2014 11:29, by Mohammed Ali 2

          Rommel,at least you should be thankful that Khartoum didn’t follow your hate & war-monger mentality.If they are hate-mongers like they could have fueedl this war to engulf SS for decades to come.Already Basheer directed authorities to let Southerners in as Sudanese citizents not as refugees.It is this hate mentality which is burning SS.Who is not looooooting in SS?!

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          • 13 January 2014 12:47, by South South

            Mohammed Ali2,
            Just keep repeating yourself again and again " hate mentality". Are you stupid Mohammed Ali2 ? Did you forget that your gay uncles and you in Khartoum killed 2 million people in South Sudan and now you are trying to play cards of peaceful person on the face of the earth? That why I call you a lair.

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            • 13 January 2014 13:00, by Mohammed Ali 2

              SS, what can I do for you? You will remain like this forever, not a single word good coming from mouth, until you die & burn out with your hate. More than 10,000 mostly innocent poor civilians perished in a senseless war.Simply the big vultures are competing on a helpless prey.Sadly that was their own pple !

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          • 13 January 2014 13:08, by Mohammed Ali 2

            The fear is that Machar now captured Malakal which is very difficult to re-captured , due to the long supply.Upper nile produces about 200,000 bpd.If this is controlled by him then this might drag SAF IN.Though up to now Basheer turned down Salva’s request to intervene.Under no circumstances should we be dragged to this quagmire.It is very dangerous & risky.

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            • 13 January 2014 13:49, by South South

              Mohammed Ali2,
              Your lies are great to be seen. yesterday you were arguing that Kiir sent his vice president to received your gay president Omar at the airport because Machar is about to capture Juba. Today you move to Malakal. Wicked lair. War in South Sudan will be over very soon. What are you going to lie about it ?

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              • 13 January 2014 19:27, by Oppressor

                If you can’t run ur fake state then u are not capable to live & we are waiting you both to finish each other that time we will interfere to take oil back again with full control we Sudanese have the ability & capability to rule the land & the animals like you south south big mouth..haaaaa haaaa dump ass

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    • 13 January 2014 08:33, by Deng II

      I don’t like the way Kiir running the Country and being a corrupts patriots loon,unlike Dr.craps who sale out all oil in heglig or Panthou and all bamboo oil areas. Because Of Dr.Craps,we not going to get back Panthou, karasana,and leave a lone oil of that area.Dr.Craps is good to be tired from any things.During 21 years war, he help Arab to exterminate the people surrounding Panthou,

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      • 13 January 2014 08:44, by Deng II

        Desperate Kiir is lucky because he competing with Traitor, where traitor can not be an alternative to him(Kiir). I do not like Arab than Riek, but Kiir is going to appear in love of leadership than people he taken care about.

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        • 13 January 2014 12:16, by hellonearth

          But Deng II isn’t this the same thing that Kiir and his gangs are doing. what happened in 1991 when Reik defected is now being applied on Nuer and you accept it?

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  • 13 January 2014 08:31, by Konan

    All countries evacuated their nationals from SS for security reasons knowing that the tribal war between Dinka and Nuer will continue for years. Certainly, you don’t have the capabilities to run the oil fields by yourselves and we are the only choice left. Trust me, upon implementing this agreement Machar will never recapture Unity’s oil fields. Indeed Kiir is so clever.

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  • 13 January 2014 22:08, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Do cry Nyagaats children. It was not Dinkas fault. Just blame Machar’s food lover or money hungry. Should be loyal to Dinkas people because they liberated the southern Land including Nuer land from brainwash Arabs. You always stab Dinkas in the back when they try to put country first. Machar will destroy Nuer and let young children such as "White Army" dead for his selfishness. You should learn..9

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    • 13 January 2014 23:23, by lakoda

      Dinka Defender General
      Don’t get exercise of chemical spray you bomb us today in Mangala and Jonglei that is the crime which your President and allies did. you have reached the red line, the world is watching you murders very soon you will be regret and slave for ever Gogrials foolish.

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      • 14 January 2014 03:14, by Dinka-Defender-General

        My friend, Nuer will never defeat dinkas in war. Please don’t promote senseless position. You’ll never rule dinkas if you don’t change your thinking to 90 degree angel. We, the dinkas are loyal to our fellow citizens such as James Hoth. Brave only Nuer guy with love and care in his heart. He can be a great leader for all south. My vote goes for him. Sorry to hear that. Belame Machar for bombed...

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