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Qatar, South Sudan to boost oil, gas cooperation

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South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth speaks during a Reuters interview in his office in Juba, South Sudan, October 10, 2017.
March 25, 2019 (JUBA) - Qatar has expressed readiness to closely cooperate with South Sudan in the development of oil and gas fields, said Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, on Monday.

Gatkuoth met with his counterpart His Excellency Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs in his office in Doha, according to a statement released in Juba by the oil ministry.

The visiting minister discussed with Al-Kaabi exploration of new blocks, enhancement of oil recovery production, capacity building program for South Sudanese engineers and general cooperation in the field of oil and gas sector.

For his part, Al-Kaabi "stressed his firm commitment to close cooperation in the field of oil and gas between the two sisterly countries and Qatar’s readiness to look into the available opportunities in South Sudan and invest in the upstream facilities".

South Sudan seeks to increase the capacity of its 10,000-bpd refinery. On 23 November 2018, Gatkuoth signed a one-billion-dollar agreement to develop oil industry in his country with South Africa’s energy minister, Jeff Radabe.

The deal includes the construction of a refinery, a new pipeline and oil exploration as well as training of workers and engineers.

South Sudan officials say only 12% of the country oil’s reserves are explored. Also, they are working to create alternative routes for the transportation of crude oil to the international market, at least for the oil that will be discovered in the southern part of the country.

Currently, South Sudan produces 180,000 bpd. The oil ministry projects to boost oil production to 270,000 bpd. We are working to hit the peak oil output of 350,000 bpd, which we had clocked once.”

Minister Gatkuoth several times said his government is actively working to increase the oil output to 350bpd to reach its level at the independence from Sudan, in July 2011.

STRENGTHENING FINANCIAL TIES

Minister Gatkuoth, also held a separate meeting with the Acting CEO of Qatar National Bank (QNB) Abdallah Mubarak Al-Khalifa to discuss ways to fund oil development and infrastructure projects.

Further, the sides discussed the cooperation between WNB and the South Sudanese government in the fields of trade, commerce, economic development, support for small businesses.

QNB was the first Middle Eastern bank to open in South Sudan in 2011 and provided a loan of 100-million dollar to purchase food and fuel in March 2012, following a difference with Khartoum over oil fees and the shutdown of oil production.

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  • 26 March 05:42, by Chiir

    This minister is everywhere like a prostitute begging this and that person for something that can’t be done. Qatar developing oil in South Sudan? I can never see that happening. Of course Qatar, just like any other country, will always say they are willing to cooperate. But you ought to think about how Chinese will react towards this proclamation by Qatar. Figure that fuck out.

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    • 26 March 06:00, by Midit Mitot

      Ezekiel Lol pocket is beyond booming, this is what him and Taban Deng were fighting Dr Machar for.

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    • 26 March 06:07, by Midit Mitot

      Ezekiel Lol pocket is beyond booming, this is what him and Taban Deng were fighting Dr Machar for.Sorry!

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    • 26 March 08:17, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      Going to China today, tomorrow in Qatar and the next day in other country will never improve our oil sector. How on earth a oil rich country is always hit hard by fuel shortage? Why can’t we construct just one refinery for domestic consumption instead of transporting crude oil cheaply to international markets and import it expensively? This is a shame!!

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      • 26 March 13:57, by Chiir

        Rumbek S. Sudan,
        The building of a refinery can only be done if you employ an Engineer as a minister in the petroleum industry. Ministry of petroleum has never been led by an Engineer, which is why a lot of craps are being signed in the name of projects. There has never been a feasibility study done building a refinery. So, no refinery to be built any time soon, unfortunately.

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  • 26 March 09:55, by Mapuor

    We need any one who is willing to assist us to help.

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  • 27 March 11:32, by Masiah

    So our engineers are useless in South Sudan, hiring somebody in this position with no Engineering qualification is a serious problem.

    Minister Ezikal no how to beg for money but no plans in place

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