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South Sudan warns of reduction in oil production if fighting continues

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June 30, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government warned it may experience reduction in oil production if no peace agreement is reached with armed opposition under the leadership of former vice president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar.

A worker at the power plant of an oil processing facility in South Sudan’s Unity state on 22 April 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

he South Sudanese finance minister, David Deng Athorbei announced that the resources of the government were overstretched to cater for developmental projects.

"Our resources remain constrained until peace is achieved. I recognise this plan is ambitious under the current circumstances, but I also believe that the priorities I have outlined are the utmost necessity in the achievement of a lasting peace settlement”, Athorbei said in a statement he delivered to members of parliament on Monday.

The minister said the government was expecting oil revenues to amount to three million one hundred and eighty six South Sudanese pounds although the production has been cut by at least a third since the country descended into war, resulting in many oil wells damaged and output and caused decline at functioning fields due to reduction and withdrawal oil workers from oil fields.

The country’s petroleum and mining minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau announced in May that oil production had dropped to 165,000 barrels per day from between 168,000 and 169,000 barrels per day in January.

Dau attributed the drastic fall in oil production to technical reasons as opposed to fighting in oil producing areas.

The budget, estimated at SSP 10.8 billion is smaller than the last year’s budget which stood at SSP 11 billion, which depended heavily on borrowing about $1 billion from oil companies to help cover repayments on domestic loans and previous oil advances.

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  • 1 July 2015 06:56, by Mi diit

    After capturing Malakal, Doleib and securing Akoka, freedom fighters are now matching toward the main Paloich oilfields. Government forces are hiding east of Akoka and are being besieged. This government will soon collapse and a new one will rebirth a new prosperous, stable republic of South Sudan.

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    • 1 July 2015 07:19, by Lorolokin

      Stephen Dhieu Dau,
      Continue crying and president Basher is milking the oil, I really feel bad to have vote for an ever green system in this mother land South Sudan, you are busy fighting while Basher is busy milking, wake up and let us embrace and bring peace to the nation and its populace.
      Kinkak

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      • 1 July 2015 13:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        nobody will allow a failed man like Oyet N to dislodge Dr Lado, this foolish man failed, in Juba, ran to Kampala and failed there too!he is now in involves in the busissiness of collecting and dissiminating lies to destroy others people earned work.

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    • 1 July 2015 09:41, by Clausewitz

      Mi diit:

      We’ve heard this all before, with nothing ever materializing. Where did you get the idea that you have taken Akoka? Premature declarations of triumph will again lead you to disappointment.

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    • 1 July 2015 15:34, by Gunkills

      @midiit
      That dream will never happen in our exiting. Reaching Fuloch is like reaching Juba. This Riek is war is going to end their in your areas. Riek is fooling you guys and you got no brain to think. Poor nuers are suffering and Riek his family are enjoying life in UK. You will understand when u are finished. If am you midiit I will not be commenting in this wbsite.

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    • 1 July 2015 15:53, by chuol

      PALOICH IS BURNING AS WE SPEAK

      DINKA AND COWARD BUL OF COWARD BUAY ROLIEL ARE RUNNING LIKE CATS
      SHANE ON DINKA BUL WHO LIKES FOOD VERY MUCH

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