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Oil pumping resumes in S.Sudan’s Toma South field: minister

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August 26, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Minister of Oil and Gas Azhari Abdel-Gadir said oil pumping has resumed from South Sudan’s Toma South oilfield on Friday.

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South Sudan’s Petroleum and Mining Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau (3rd R) applauds as he restarts oil production in the main oil field in Palouge, on May 5, 2013. (Reuters)

Speaking at a press conference in Khartoum on Saturday, Abdel-Gadir said Toma South would pump 20,000 barrels per day (bpd), pointing production at the oilfield had stopped in 2013 due to civil war.

He said Sudanese engineers managed to repair the oilfield and resume production one week ahead of the schedule, pointing to the positive economic impact of this move on both countries.

The Sudanese minister expected production at five oilfields in Unity State would reach 80,000 bpd following completion of maintenance work by the end of the year.

He pointed out that oil production in South Sudan could return to its normal average of 375,000 bpd in three years, saying the newborn nation currently produces 130,000 bpd.

Abdel-Gadir also expected oil production in South Sudan could increase to 210,000 bpd by the end of the year.

Last July, Khartoum and Juba agreed to repair the damaged oil wells and to resume oil production in several oil fields stopped since several years due to the nearly -five-year armed conflict in the country.

South Sudanese Oil Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth on 31 July 2018 told reporters in Khartoum that oil production will resume on 2 September with 45,000 bpd from El Toor and Toma South fields. After what will restart the production of other oil fields in Munga and Unity.

South Sudan heavily relies on oil income to fund up to 98% of its budget. Also, it relies on the Sudanese pipeline to export its oil production through the Red Sea.

In return, the transit and processing fees South Sudan pays to Sudan to transport its crude oil constitute an important revenue stream for Sudan.

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation after declaring independence from Sudan in 2011.

However, in 2013 the country was plunged into civil war killing tens of thousands of people and displacing millions.

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  • 27 August 2018 00:27, by South South

    Great news for South Sudan.

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    • 27 August 2018 04:39, by Pakuai

      South South,
      Don’t just say great news brother, what is and where is your so-called ’Toma’. ’TOMA’ Some lowly informed South Sudanese losers & fools even called this ’area TONGA’ during the times the evils were playing game with our country. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools, Tonga is a country in Pacific ocean not very far from where the Mr. David Shearer of New Zealand>>>

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      • 27 August 2018 04:47, by Pakuai

        the head of our so-called UNIMISS head come from and people of Australia, Ingenuous people of Australia, Pacific islanders and some of other people around the world. There is no ’place & village’ called *TOMA/TONGA* here in South South Sudan, never has & will never ever be. We respect people of Tonga in Pacific. There are some people in Torres islanders in Queensland in, Australia, they think,>>>

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        • 27 August 2018 04:55, by Pakuai

          that they have some connections with people of ’Papua New Guinea’ (PNG) & Tanzania. That is pretty much 100% true. Some of my lowly informed South Sudanese fools, the English people all the time lies & their allies all the times that they *conquered Zanzibar* in under 40 minutes. In their English & their allies modern European history>>>

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          • 27 August 2018 05:09, by Pakuai

            Mr. Mwalimu Julius Nyarere & some very superior other boys & girls boys ’re-united Tanganyika with Zanzibar’. For South Sudanese boys/girls who were born after/before 1983, should should know all these cheap & dirty intrigues. ’Ujaama villages/communal farms’ were created by ’Mwalimu Julius Nyarere’ in Tanzania>>>

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            • 27 August 2018 05:17, by Pakuai

              Do you fellows know the meaning Tanzania? It is an a amalgam of "Tanganyika with Zanzibar" by Mwalimu Julius Nyarere. Bunch of of our lowly informed politicians& fools SPLM/A were informed by "the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), in Arusha, Tanzania to stop infighting>>>

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    • 27 August 2018 08:39, by jubaone

      South South
      For people like you who are living on looted monies, that must be great news. Well. Your fellow jienge goons including benydits and bandits must now go to your luaks and develop them. No need of wasting time in Equatoria as a settler and vagabond. But if, from 2005 to 2013 the oil didn’t benefit your shithole jienge states, what would it matter now? Ready money for jienges and jellabas

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      • 27 August 2018 19:34, by South South

        jubaoen,

        Oil is good to develop South Sudan,peace.

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