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South Sudan resumes production of Unity oil fields

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Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, flanked by his Sudanese counterpart speak to reporters during a ceremony of the resumption of Oil Production in Unity Oilfields on 21 Jan 2019 (ST photo)

January 21, 2019 (JUBA) -South Sudan Monday officially resumed the production of the Unity oil fields by pumping 15,000 barrels a day, four months after the signing of a peace agreement that ended the five-year civil war.

"We are now producing 35,000 barrels a day (Unity Oilfields 15,000 barrels a day and Toma South Oilfields with 20,000 barrels a day)," said Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum during the ceremony at the field.

Gatkuoth was accompanied by his Sudanese counterpart Azhari A. Abdallah who vowed to continue cooperation with South Sudan to operate the remaining wells.

"We promise that this is going to be on stream and we can expect the production to increase," Abdallah said.

Sudan which also pumps the South Sudanese oil production until the Red Sea for exportation to the international market receives between $9 to 11 per barrel of oil.

The South Sudanese oil is currently sold for $61 per barrel.

Minister Gatkuoth added that by the end of 2019, the production at Toma South and Unity oilfields of Block 1,2 and 4 will double to reach 70,000 barrels a day.

The government plans to increase the production of the Unity wells to boost the current low production of 130,000 barrels per day. Before the eruption of the armed conflict in December 2013, the country used to produce the 350,000 barrels a day.

The launch ceremony was attended by Joseph Nguen Monytuil Wejang, Governor of Northern Liech State and local lawmakers as well as officials of the oil companies working in South Sudan including CNPC, Petronas, ONGC and Nilepet officials.

(ST)

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  • 22 January 11:59, by South South

    Oil production in Unity State means more money, many developments and a very strong government in Juba, sweet.

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    • 22 January 14:31, by jubaone

      South South
      Oil production in Unity State means more money, many jienge thieves and personal enrichment. A strong jienge government good in stealing can now pay for their house bills, school fees and have descent food and their mini jienge kids don’t go stealing in malls and supermarkets, sweet 🍬😁. What a happy jienge. So why fight?

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      • 22 January 15:44, by Eastern

        jubaone,

        What an excellent observation...! Once the jenge is WELL FED, like a pig, they don’t cause meyhem in public places, how true, hehehehehe!

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      • 22 January 18:50, by South South

        jubaone,

        Lick your own wounds. Juba is for us, Yei is for us, all South Sudan is for us and your own village is for us too. Sweet.

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        • 22 January 22:24, by jubaone

          South Soouth
          Jienge loser, I like how you admire our towns built by real men and women. You forgot to mention jienge towns, eh luaks! I know that you wished you were born an Equatorian. Poor jienge, even squatting in Juba or Yei wont make you an Equatorian. Just as a donkey cant change into a monkey. 😂

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      • 23 January 09:59, by Kush Natives

        jubaone,
        You’re just an infant, occupied with infighting. You will definitely not achieve anything else rather than Dinka trauma. Dengdit-abuk will kill you......

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    • 22 January 15:47, by Eastern

      South South,

      Are you insinuating the ’government’ in Juba is NOT STRONG...?! Dude, must be hanged for that; that’s treasonable....The ’government’in Juba has not always been strong but VERY STRONG...!

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      • 22 January 18:48, by South South

        Eastern,

        Our government in Juba is very strong right now, with oil many. It will be too strong. Rebel monkeys can continue hiding in bushes for years to come.

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        • 23 January 08:14, by Equatoria Koko

          South Sudan,

          Your so-called government is the weakest ever in the world. People know that M7 is the actual ruler. It’s a failed State. Our boys are going to wipe it out from the face of earth.

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    • 22 January 19:04, by lino

      More Oil Productions in South Sudan means more money for Northern Sudan and oil companies and more pollution of drinking water, agriculture land, and health problems for all South Sudanese including SPLM Leaders and their families.

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      • 22 January 22:18, by jubaone

        Lino
        Neither the jienge nor nyagat think of development. How long have chimps or monkeys lived on planet earth and have never thought of developing a road? A jienge is like a cow, give it good grass and water, it wont reject. It knows how to eat, sleep, urinate and shit. In the end, it is herded, controlled and slaughtered. Oil doesnt mean anything.

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  • 22 January 16:18, by Angelo Achuil

    I think that may our gov’t owes the nation explanations about where this money really go every month.Transparency build trust and lack thereof brings conflict.

    Let’s do the math:
    1 barrel = $61
    Barrels per day = 35000 pcs
    61*35000 = $2135000 per day
    2135000*30 = $64050000 per month
    64050000 *12 = $768600000 per year.
    Explanation about how much goes to the cost of doing business and bal can help

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    • 23 January 09:54, by Kush Natives

      Angelo Achuil,
      Well calculated, but you seem to be forgetting transit fees, pipes line mileage fees, equipment fees from China and international market fees. If you really know how business make work, then you will remain in debt. $61 pb is nothing per all those process. I need your feedback on this.

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      • 23 January 10:18, by Theallseeingeye

        Kush Natives
        what the heck, then was it the Jienge or Nuer mind set?!?!
        who under the sun could do such kind of business which will end him/her in debts. and by the way stop exaggerating, the transit fees is the same as the pipes line fees. and what the hell is "international market fees" if Sudan is the one exporting the crud on your behalf?

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  • 23 January 09:40, by Theallseeingeye

    Angelo Achuil
    I think you are right on this one, and should ask the likes of South South of the spending and the whereabouts of these funds. These Elites are fooling and confusing us (the masses) with the tribal basis, they make us fight each other and do the dirty jobs while they are enriching themselves and sending the children abroad for good education and living.

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