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March 14, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan ordered oil companies and pipeline operators to immediately resume production of crude oil for delivery to international markets through Sudan on Thursday, a move seen as part of its commitment to implement an agreement signed this week.

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South Sudan minister of petroleum and mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau announces that the government has ordered all foreign oil companies and pipeline operators to re-establish the production. March 14, 2013 (Photos: Larco Lomayat)

Disagreement over oil charges prompted South Sudan to shut down oil production in January 2012, accusing Sudan of stealing its oil and diverting it into other pipelines. The two sides signed an agreement in September 2012, allowing Juba to resume export through Sudan, but disagreement of border security issues has delayed implementation of the deal.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, South Sudan’s oil minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, said the government was committed to the full implementation of the September agreement, particularly the issue relating to resuming oil production.

Before the shutdown South Sudan’s 350,000 barrels per day provided 98% of the government’s revenue. The closure has also effected Sudan’s economy, which lost 75% of its oil production when South Sudan seceded in July 2011.

“The foreign oil companies and pipeline operators operating in the republic of South Sudan are hereby ordered and instructed forthwith to recommence and re-establish the production of the crude oil and all petroleum operations within producing blocks”, Dau told reporters in Juba.

The minister said production would resume in blocks 1, 2, 4, 3, 7 and 5A.

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South Sudan minister of petroleum and mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau announces that the government has ordered all foreign oil companies and pipeline operators to re-establish the production. March 14, 2013 (Photos: Larco Lomayat)

Minister Dau said Thursday’s order revoked an instruction issued on 14 November 2012, which instructed oil companies working in South Sudan to postpone resumption of production due to additional conditions raised by the government of Sudan.

"The oil resumption order shall continue in all aspects to have full force and effect and be binding on the foreign oil companies and pipeline operators in the republic of South Sudan”, he said.

“This supplemental oil resumption orders is issued without prejudices to order to suspend or terminate in future in whole or in part of the crude oil resumption production and petroleum operations in the republic of South Sudan as permitted by law or any agreement to which the republic of South Sudan is a party”, Dau told reporters at a news conference.

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 from neighbouring Sudan after fighting repeated wars against successive Khartoum regimes, over inequality, separating religion from politics and identity.

Despite a six-year peace deal and almost 20 months since South Sudan’s independence, the two countries have still not agreed on the status of disputed areas and large areas of the oil-rich border are not yet demarcated.

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  • 15 March 2013 05:33, by omoni jr.

    Thievery party will be held this weekend at Nyakuroun cultural center . All the professional thieves are highly welcome to attend the party.

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    • 15 March 2013 06:33, by DDooggaa

      omoni jr.
      Hannanan, the thieves are prepared now. Juba International airport is going to be busy. coz the Lions shall resume ope ration as the oil production starts.
      These thieves!

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    • 15 March 2013 06:59, by Monydit

      This will be another scam, the oil will be pumped and run through to Port Sudan which is more than 1500 kilometres from South Sudan, they will hold the oil in Port Sudan and ask the South to disengage with the SPLM-North first and if not then the oil will be confiscated which is another way of stealing. This president of ours is very desperate but he should read Jalaba minds before any action.

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    • 15 March 2013 07:38, by viper

      Not thievery party Omoni jr, this will be the second phase of looting process. In their first phase, they looted $4 billions and now the second phase is beginning, let us see how many billions they will loot again. Soon some of them may return to their old habit of spending the day in Juba and night in Nairobi or Kampala. The looters are now laughing including their houseboy Dinka dominated dog

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    • 15 March 2013 08:06, by Tong dut

      @ omoni,That Nyakuroun cultuer center is the place Ugandan are cooking dogs to the thieves.Let them go there for lunch today.

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      • 15 March 2013 09:14, by EES Kingmaker

        Ugandans prepare dogs for meals to our people? This is a mockery to our traditional dish. It is no respect to our nation. That is why one Ugandan transcended his social boundary, loaded a certian girl with pregnancy, met merciless young men who castrated him on spot. He is now lying in Mulago hospital without private parts. Do you see the effect of disrespect manifested in different ways?

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        • 15 March 2013 16:50, by Tutbol

          Why aren’t they in Mulaga than Torit or Kapoeta?

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    • 15 March 2013 09:00, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

      Surely Brother I comment for all these Professional Thieves including the Big Fish is one who will Selecting the Professsional thieves to ordering that you go and you will seeing me .it is Big Professional One who Selection his professional.

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  • 15 March 2013 05:33, by omoni jr.

    Thievery party will be held this weekend at Nyakuroun cultural center . All the professional thieves are highly welcome to attend the party.

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  • 15 March 2013 06:05, by George Bol

    Did Khartoum accept the agreement? I’m curious because our oil may be in jeopardy.

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  • 15 March 2013 06:08, by master

    to SPLM thieves
    clean your pockets from dust and be ready for new round of looting

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  • 15 March 2013 07:00, by Fundamental Change icon

    I can see Dhieu smilling in his arm chair secretly because the Elephant meat is about to be killed.And sooner than later he will marry some more Wewes let alone the ones he will bonk live without condom on cash in Shoukh Customs.

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  • 15 March 2013 07:05, by majok akol

    exactly honorable minster you have told what i wanted to hear

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  • 15 March 2013 07:10, by Ajongtar

    Why are you so quite about the export charges prices on N. Sudan pipeline.
    I don’t think this is through, the oil production was shut down by H.E KIIR and I believe it could have been open by Kiir.
    What hell, are you trying to tell us Mr. DEU?
    Do you thing that with out OILS We canot survive?

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    • 15 March 2013 07:29, by Nuer Empire

      Surely,they are going to buy too many cows and get to marry 5 wives within a week! This nonsense! The thieves/looters’ pockets are full of oil money! Soon they will take liprits to watch their rotten asses like Jallaba! The communities of South Sudan don’t know anything about these deals,but are aware that their ancestral villages are indirectly sold to Arabs to loot oil money!
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 15 March 2013 07:45, by Nguntap

      This time let put all the billion$ on nation development, increase SPLA army salary, teachers and doctor’s salary, construct road and bridges nor individual pocket as usual
      HE President open your eye stop these SPLM looters, stop signing non - sense chaque to individual. Before to sign a chaue i would kindly request you analysis it first knowing where the money will go...

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      • 15 March 2013 08:00, by Nguntap

        Contin....Many beggars will now call you Benydit to Convince you sign a chague, please stop it even if your cousin, better you pay him in your pocket. I think SPLM/Looters top official must understand that the money isn’t for them but for nation and we people of South Sudan wanted to see these billion$ put to development not individual pocket/mouth
        God will kill all looters this time

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  • 15 March 2013 07:46, by Padiet Deng Alony

    fews questions about oil resumption
    what are the gurantee for the resumption
    will South Sudan goverment be forced to shutdown oil if border war happen what will be the result of that.
    did South Sudan return back the stolen crude oil by north sudan goverment by then

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  • 15 March 2013 08:44, by DDooggaa

    FOOLISH DINKA-TRUE STORY
    Chuol: I want my money now!’’
    Malual: I’’ll kill myself so that i won’t pay you.*he pulled a gun and shot himself dead*
    Chuol: ’’hahaha....if u think you will get away with my money then you are wrong, l will follow you until you pay me. *he takes the gun and shoot himself dead as well*
    Nhial was watching from a distance he laughed and said’ :these guys are funny,l want to

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    • 15 March 2013 08:54, by Nuer Empire

      DDogga:Chuol is not a Dinka name,don’t include him in your funny story about Dinka.Say Chol.I like your story.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 15 March 2013 08:48, by Puok Tut

    Guys many good thing are gonna happen soon. the resumption of oil production in s. Sudan will now bring more opportunities specially to those with precious and helpful plans, fresh graduate,technocratic/achievers. let all pray hard that nothing will change this good news though the sun i shinning too hot here in many oil areas. kekeke....
    Those who want to go for their further studies be ready.

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  • 15 March 2013 08:51, by DDooggaa

    follow them and watch this till the end’’....he also took the gun and killed himself!
    Which level of stupidity is IT????

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  • 15 March 2013 12:00, by New Government

    It is only good news for government officials to fill up their pockets.

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  • 15 March 2013 12:18, by Southern Boy

    That will be good for south Sudan economy resume production of oil to pass thought Sudan pipline, South Sudan Government have to be carefull with Sudan pple or Sudan government because the can luot our oil.
    hahahahahah thank to the Government of South Sudan.
    By Southren Boy

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    • 15 March 2013 13:04, by Nuer Empire

      All bunches of looters are going to fill their stomach after surprise announcements of oil production.Let wait and see.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 15 March 2013 15:03, by Nuer Empire

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M is satisfied with the deal.He and his uncles will start to loot.
        The Nuer Empire

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  • 15 March 2013 16:17, by James Maker Akok

    People,
    People, I got very bad Devil action news that group of Dinka tribe had castrated one of the Ugandans business man in Juba for having relationship with Dinka lady to had baby with him. I don’t know those people will talk about God again because what they did is already to fire place in God judgement in Heave. I’m scare for my people to do such Devil thing.

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    • 15 March 2013 22:08, by Nuer Empire

      They killed him for nothing!! She is a prostitute lady who like cul/penis like water!! Death to her.RIP the Ugandan.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 15 March 2013 17:58, by Matol

    Why is this time? South Sudan needs to review this agreement careful. There are a lot of things could happen with this,
    1. Their economic is collapsing
    2. The NCP thieves run out of money
    3. Either they want to steal our oil in their territory
    4. The public support to NCP is decreasing
    etc.
    We never run away from the fair agree, and we always want agree with good faith because we understands

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  • 15 March 2013 17:59, by Matol

    That oil is good for both Countries, but they don’t understand that. Why now? I which our leaders have the heart to threatening who threatening them, we need to wait and find out why they come back now and say, yes we have to honor the agree sign in September 2012. What months are we in now? Does this look like October 2012 to our leaders? God help us.

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  • 15 March 2013 22:55, by never

    nonesense..
    this oil will never ever benefit anybody in the south. only kiir plus his mps from bharl el ghazel will be able to benefit. while in the north, Bashir is going to continue with the way he always does it, stealing our oil and at the same time bombarding our pple with the rockets he just sold our oil with.

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