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Oil refinery project in Unity state suspended


October 2, 2013 (JUBA) – The establishment of what would have been South Sudan’s first ever oil refinery plant in Unity state, is now on hold due to a lack of equipment, a senior official working for the oil sector has revealed.

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Oil mining employees walk near the first well to restart production in the Thar Jath field in Unity state on 6 April 2013 (HANNAH MCNEISH/AFP/Getty Images)

The year-long refinery project at Tharjiath oil field has been among the government’s the top priorities, along with another project at Thiang-Rial in Upper Nile state aimed at boosting production in the region.

Once operational, the plant would produce 22,000 barrels per day of various types of fuel in order to address the huge domestic demand for the commodity in South Sudan.

Prior to the sacking of the former elected state governor, Taban Deng Gai, officials at the national ministry of petroleum and mining announced that the refinery would soon begin production and that preparations were underway for its inauguration.

However, the managing director of the Nile Petroleum Corporation, Paul Adong, said the process to inaugurate the facility had been suspended because some of the equipment on site needed to be repaired and had not yet been delivered to the country.

Adong, who manages the corporation on behalf of the government as the business wing of the petroleum ministry, said the full implementation of the other refinery project at Thiang-Rial may also be delayed to a lack of adequate equipment.

He said the lack of all-weather roads to access project sites had made delivery of the equipment difficult.

The region has continued to import fuel from neighbouring countries including Uganda, Kenya and Sudan, with rising prices and fuel shortages impacting on supply.


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  • 3 October 2013 06:59, by Malou Manyiel

    That is the nature of the government we have, they feed the public for the things that are not at hand. Early this year, they announced that refineries will be opened in July, from July to August and now to suspension. What a shame!

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    • 3 October 2013 07:06, by Paul Chadrack

      what would the south sudanese expect from the government of a fail president,let all the projects delay and see where he will do the develope always sang by him. the budget should also be delay for other 6 months.

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  • 3 October 2013 07:04, by Paul Chadrack

    what would expect from the government of a fail president,let all the projects delay and see where he will do the develope always sang by him. the budget should also be delay for other 6 months.

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  • 3 October 2013 07:46, by Jalaby

    What? refinery produces 22,000 barrel per day? This is a big project needs huge money, big companies, well expertise hands and pre-established infrastructure to host this big plantation, as soon as the rain falls in S Sudan then the south moves to isolated Island with no access and out of reach, who ever out is out and who ever in is in, how can you deliver such a big

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    • 3 October 2013 07:52, by Jalaby

      plantation equipment and items while lacking for transportation infrastructure to deliver them such as railway, paved roads, big vehicles,etc!
      The oil money revenue is divided into two:half of it goes as salaries to the army,police and other institutions; and the other half goes to thieves pockets!
      Keep selling dreams and lying to your people thieves!

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      • 3 October 2013 08:00, by Jalaby

        Frankly speaking and based on my huge knowledge and background from the past I can tell this:any project in the south that Arab/Jalaba are not participating in then the output of that project is true failure!
        Please ask Arab/Jalaba help and participation in any project that you would like to see the successful is its output otherwise you will end up eating the sand

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        • 3 October 2013 11:50, by sanduksanduk

          Fake jalaba,
          I hear a drum of war in your backyard, take care of that. Our oil and the refinery will be taken care of by us. Keep your dirty hands to urself. The railway line built by Kitchner need some attention.

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  • 3 October 2013 08:04, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Our goverment need to put more effort in these two refinery projects that of Thaingrial Melut County Upper Nile State and that of Tharjiath of Unity State.

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  • 3 October 2013 09:46, by pabaak

    This is how incompetence this ministry is, poor plan has big setback, actually what went wrong is that, the ministry has requested big machinry to be installed for the refinry without carring out some studies about how they can be transported to the facility, which they could have avoided it if they requested small equipemts with the same volume capcity,becauese they can be transported via river

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    • 3 October 2013 10:08, by pabaak

      now the $$$ millions are lost for these equipments and if we need refinry working it will take another 3 to 4 years because when the roards leading to these areas be ready?, So its paramount to our government to form an independent body comprised of scientics, scholars, engineers and experts to be responsible for planing, studies and evaluations for projects before launching any projec, this is

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      • 3 October 2013 10:18, by pabaak

        how we can avoid un necessary losing of time and resources for projects meant to solve our long term presistence problems, led us hire expert companies for that matter if we doubt of our own know-how capacity, this could be better than do things on darks and latter will be embrassement for all of us

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  • 3 October 2013 10:43, by Konan

    it’s astonishing, Jalaby showed up, as usual attacking corrupted SPLM thieves and hypocrites, drawing people attention to the plain and naked truth, and the filthy language not yet started, am I dreaming ? Any how it sounds good.

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  • 13 October 2013 19:09, by Dengdittueny

    Dear Jalaba, to my best knowledge, Arabs people in Khartoum are the worst of the worst that are not trusted with money. Have you let your dog guard your food.
    Please talk on issue of the north and never waste time for issues that you have corrupted for hundred of years.

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