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S. Sudan’s Unity oil fields to resume production within two months


January 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - South Sudan will resume oil production from the Unity oil fields in a two-month period said officials in Bentiu and Khartoum on Thursday, asserting that the area is no longer troubled by rebel presence.

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A worker at the power plant of an oil processing facility in South Sudan’s Unity state on 22 April 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Petroleum Minister, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, on Wednesday visited oil facilities in Northern Liech State accompanied by Nadia Arop Dudi, Deputy Interior Minister, the Vice President of GPOC oil producing company and the Governor Joseph Nguen Manytuil.

"Minister Ezikiel Lol Gatkuoth, the Governor and the 4th Division commander evaluated the sites (of oil production) and concluded that the situation is completely secured," said a statement issued by the Northern Liech Ministry of Information .

"There are only small minors damages that could be technically be fixed and repaired within due time and the production could resume immediately within a month or two," the statement further said.

In Khartoum, Sudanese oil minister Mohamed Zayed Awad received a message from his South Sudanese counterpart Gatkuoth informing him that oil wells will resume production within two months as they are waiting to receive the needed spare parts .

According to a statement released by the Sudanese oil ministry, Minister Gatkuol who mentioned his visit to the oil fields, said the security situation is calm in the area. He also underscored that they expect the Sudanese government provides the technical support to repair the damaged wells as agreed during his visit to Khartoum last December.

Also, Governor Manytuil said his state is free of rebels and vowed to mobilize more troops and local communities to ensure protection of oil infrastructures "so that our oil resume production peacefully and as soon as possible without delay"

Northern Liech State said that the local the oil refinery also had faced limited damages, adding that it would be repaired within three weeks.


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  • 6 January 2017 11:04, by Fair Man

    Lol Gatkuoth is a liar. The entire unity state is not safe. Unless total peace is attained in the whole Country, oil fields in Bentiu are not safe. You may go ahead but be informed the IO can anytime take control of the oil fields. If 90% of Bentiu is held by SPLA IO, where will you move?

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    • 6 January 2017 12:00, by South South

      When there are rebels in the country, government needs to make sure that they secure resources to make its economy runs, that is the important one from this visit. If the wells resume in two months, who care about rebels in the area? Protect oil fields and let rebels sing all days and nights. They will give up soon or send to parking lot in South Africa

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      • 6 January 2017 14:39, by jubaone

        Khartoum wants the $3b dollars from Juba in the next 3 yrs at all cost and Kiir has agreed to give despite empty state coffers. Kiir and his jienges badly need money for themselves and their desperate families in Uganda, Kenya, australia etc. and will do anything to let oil flow. Junubin will starve, no services, no nothing, who cares? Stop the oil Now.

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    • 6 January 2017 13:23, by Midit Mitot

      Fair Man,
      Don,t worry brother,the desperate Minister call Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth is completely lie-yer, Bentui is a full of SPLA-IO, missing spare parts need to be procure first from nowhere, how will you operate this oil @yayaaaaa nincompoop Minister?

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    • 6 January 2017 19:43, by Nyaruae Jr

      you are right Mr.F
      Lol is just showing us that he is Minister of Petroleum
      But we all know that bentiu Oil production is not going to resume

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  • 6 January 2017 13:47, by Ram Mi Ran

    Let them resume oil production, but this time no one will be left unkill including any foreigners that will be mobilise to come and work in Unity oil fields.The Nuer wew will be Viva number one target.

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  • 6 January 2017 16:25, by Jamjamez

    First off, that oil file you call Unity oil field is not in Northern Liech State, its in Aliny County in Ruweng State. Second, there was a spill that has not be cleaned up and is affecting locals and livestock, there is a demand from the locals that it needed to be clean up before any resumption. You Bul need to get the facts right, This is Ruweng Territory, so shut up and leave.

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    • 6 January 2017 16:53, by Mayok

      Sorry bro
      you are in the wrong neighborhood and unexpectedly thing happens when you dislike your neighbors which will cause your business shutdown or else you will keep your mouth 👄 short.

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    • 8 January 2017 05:15, by Chang Kuony

      Lol Gatkuoth Omo should not lie,Unity oil fields are under the control of SPLAIO. How can you remotely operate it from Bentiu Town or Parieng? Dinka Ruweng, don’t lie, no oil fields in your proposed Ruweng State, all oil fields are in Nuer lands. Avoid conflict by grabbing Western Nuerland if you want to live in peace.We shall not leave an inch of our ancestor’s land to Jaang.

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      • 8 January 2017 05:27, by Chang Kuony

        Two counties of Dinka Ruweng Abiemnhom and Parieng have no common border since creation.The so called Panthow,is called by Buland Leek Nuer as Kai Kaang, those areas you claimed belong to Bul Nuer of Mayom County and Leek Nuer of Rupkona County.Your Dinka’s militiaman known as Lam Tunguar is right to the core. In 28 Dinka proposed States,u rewarded by grabbed chunk land from Mayom n Rupkona.

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  • 6 January 2017 19:53, by Kush Natives

    First and foremost, one laugh sometimes when kids are practicing to talk, where in South Sudan in which people are still talking of Unity state oil field? If that is what Taban Deng discontinued the rebellion with Riek, then this is completely a white lie. People still don’t know where an oil filed located in South Sudan pathetic! If most of you still don’t know where Tom-south, Alnar______con

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    • 6 January 2017 20:00, by Kush Natives

      Unity oil filed and so forth. This oil fields are located deep inside heart of Ruweng state, like what some friends or commentators mentioned above, oil companies needs to do some work before they open up that shit. Locals in Ruweng state are suffering with oil pollution____con

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      • 6 January 2017 20:11, by Kush Natives

        Radiation, skin diseases, birth defect and so many related diseases that attributed to the oil exploration in the area. I first urge the Ruweng state civil populations to take to the street a protest that demanding the " Ruweng peoples’ live matter" The government, and oil companies failed to these people completely! Therefore, NO farther destruction needed there.

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  • 6 January 2017 20:20, by Kush Natives

    Otherwise, I will not comment or respond on those who are shouting that there’s a rebel in Ruweng state, unless they want to create a new one in two months. All rebels moved to Fagak years ago. There’s no safe heaven for rebels in Ruweng territory. Call Dhuor-gon in South Africa for more information! My condolence to Gabriel Tanginya’s family!

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  • 7 January 2017 09:42, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Unity oil fields and refinery are not located in the Northern Liech state as claimed by the blood suckers there. Dr. Joseph Monytuil has been looking for trouble all these times but he needs to refrain from his reckless behaviour to avoid blood shed.

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    • 7 January 2017 09:51, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

      The oil facilities are the assets of the Ruweng State since inception of exploration. Lam Tunguar Kueigwong and his community needs to take notes before claiming anything as per now as matter stands out.

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