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South Sudan unveils strategic plan to protect oil fields


April 24, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government has unveiled a strategic plan to protect its oilfield in order to curb sabotage and allay fears of kidnapping by the armed opposition of foreign workers.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) guard an oil facility (AFP)

The presidential advisor on security affairs, Tut Kew Gatluak told reporters that the general security situation in the young nation was “under control except few isolated incidents carried out by bandits”.

“The general security situation in the country is under control except that we’ve observed that some negative forces are bent on sabotaging the activities of the oil production companies,” Gatluak said Monday.

“But the government, through the ministry of petroleum has taken extra steps to ensure that we guard these facilities, including the pipelines, oil platforms and other installations,” he added.

According to the senior South Sudanese official, a large task force that can contain any aggression has already been taken.

“There are enough troops and other security agencies that can face the challenge of the times”, he further told Sudan Tribune.

Cabinet, Gatluak said, has approved a new strategy to improve the security situation around the oil fields to build the confidence of workers.

“The arrangement now is that the deployment to protect oil fields will be in three layers. The first layer will be covered by the army. The SPLA forces will be deployed in the layer, followed by security and then the police as the third layer in the protection of the oil field,” said the presidential aide.

He added, “This arrangement was discussed at the national security council and also at the council of ministers where the strategy was approved”.

The move to protect key installations follows complaints in March by oil companies that they were operating in places extremely at risk of attacks and kidnapping by hostile armed dissidents in the region. The complaints drew the attention of the petroleum ministry and the council of ministers passed a resolution authorising the urgent deployment of troops with their capabilities to oil-rich Unity and Upper Nile regions.

The undersecretary in the country’s petroleum ministry acknowledged that production was facing challenges, but said everything was being done to ensure production level is increased.

“We are faced with the devil on all fronts,” said Mohamed Lino.

“Prices are awfully low, our efforts to increase oil production have been frustrated by attacks and kidnappings by armed groups operating in the area and we finding it difficult to persuade oil workers to go to some places. This is becoming a concern and the government is exerting efforts to address this challenge,” he added.

Since its independence in July 2011, South Sudan has relied on oil for all incomes, a situation that has significantly compounded ongoing political and economic instability due to the fall in crude oil prices.

According to South Sudanese officials, production in the past reached as high as 350,000 BPD (barrels per day) but fell after a dispute with Sudan over fees for pumping South Sudan’s crude through Sudan’s export pipeline, which led South Sudan to halt oil production in 2012.


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  • 25 April 2017 01:40, by Kuch

    SUDAN TRIBUNE will never tires itself out with it cheap propaganda about South Sudan it seems. The idiots who edited this foreign tabloid crap do not know that we know the creeps who put out these cheap propaganda: Foreign spies, mainly to sell out their propaganda to influence the citizenry of a country that the corporate America, Europe and some their other creeps in between would want their>>>

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    • 25 April 2017 01:49, by Kuch

      regimes change and be replaced with their puppets that would be malleable to Washington, Wall Street, London, Paris, Brussels et al. And in this case, the corporate America, Europe, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and their allies have made it abundantly clear that they want a regime change in our country simply because they are desperately salivating for our oil fields and to counter China influence>

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      • 25 April 2017 01:55, by Kuch

        But Corporate America, Europe and their allies are wasting their times and our time. The US, right after our independence in 2011, the US companies were given the first priority to come and invest in our country. But the US companies refused to come and invest in country citing lack of infrastructures to invest in. But when the government of South Sudan asked the Chinese companies to come>>>

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        • 25 April 2017 02:08, by Kuch

          and invest in our country and the Chinese companies agreed to come and invest in South Sudan, the US went berserk and wanted a regime change and be replaced their their Riek Machar puppet or Pagan Amuom. To cut the story short though, the US has lost it here in South Sudan. South Sudanese people are very revengeful and we are not going to let the US, the UK, France and their allies usual business>

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          • 25 April 2017 02:17, by Kuch

            of regime change of other countries governments and be replaced with fools who are answerable to corporate America, Europe and their banking cartels isn’t going to fly here in South Sudan as far as we are concerned. Yes, we know the US, the UK, the UN, their creepy NGOs and their allies will try everything at their disposal to be welcomed into our country to come and loot it like they are>>>

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  • 25 April 2017 06:25, by Eastern

    .....Again, the Bul Nuer will serve as the firewood to "achieve" this end......Sad!

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    • 25 April 2017 10:55, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Eastern, Bul Nuer are nationalist, they will never go after Riak Machar rebelion, they are wise then ever. Get out your dirty mouth on Bul.

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  • 25 April 2017 08:33, by Sunday Junup

    South Sudan Mathiang Anyor Militia fear like nothing, i don’t think they will accept to go there. I also agree with Eastern that Bul Nuer will be used to facilitate Jieng Council of Evil (JCE).

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  • 25 April 2017 10:07, by Adok son

    Yeah, may be Bul Nuer can do this against their people because it is their habit since we fought for South Sudan’s independent
    JCE and their gluttonous Bul militias will not sit and look at it, instead,they can ask what will fill their stomachs.
    Fuck Bul militias and other nuer Wew who fought the war of Dinka.

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  • 25 April 2017 20:42, by Lou Nuer The Great

    yes its jienges’s unevile plann of risking live of foriegners

    SPLA IO is ready to fight you ya fuckin dinkas

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