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Sudan detects limited crude oil leaks

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Sudanese oil engineers work on a main oil pipeline in Heglig oilfield, May 2, 2012. (Reuters photo)
January 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese oil and gas ministry on said that South Sudan’s crude oil transferred to export ports spilled in limited quantities in Houdi area of the River Nile State.

In a statement issued on Saturday seen by Sudan Tribune, the ministry pointed to corrosion on the nearly 20-year-old pipeline saying it caused the leaks.

The statement further said technical teams are working to repair the pipeline adding "the oil leak has already been contained by reducing the pressure until the urgent maintenance is completed".

The release did not pose an immediate threat to groundwater sources or nearby rivers, however, reliable sources told Sudan Tribune that oil leaking flooded many farms located on the outskirts of Atbara city.

But the oil ministry said that the leaks were estimated at around 2 barrels per hour and that the area affected did not exceed 200 meters, and reiterated that the situation is completely under control.

The 1,600 km pipeline was built by a consortium of Chinese, German, Argentine, British and Malaysian companies with a total pumping capacity of 450,000 bpd, according to sources in the energy and mining ministry.

The pipeline, which is 28 inches in diameter, pumps 150,000 bpd.

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  • 13 January 09:17, by Eastern

    You morons in Juba, have you heard...? LIMITED crude oil leaks in transit to Port Sudan so don’t complain later that 200,000 barrels of crude oil has not been accounted for; these are just minor, sorry, LIMITED leaks, boys...

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  • 13 January 19:54, by Mayendit

    Juba’s government need to thinks twice about oil deal with Sudan.

    The Sudan’s Ministry of oil is telling lies that, the caused of crude oil leaking was attribute to corrosion in Houdi area near Khartoum capital. The Ministry decided that, they would used smart way to stealing South Sudanese oil then, attaching caused on that which is not true. Juba has offer them all assistance yet, they steal.

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  • 13 January 20:09, by Mayendit

    I understand that, in South Sudan’s government if you tells the truth perhaps, no one will buy your Ideas but if you lies, make exaggeration, being experts of saying propaganda and do bad things then, you will be award a big positions and you know those people never ask me. I want Juba’s government to thinks what is the best ways we can do for our owns resources? Let us open mining and Agriculture

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  • 13 January 20:10, by Mayendit

    I understand that, in South Sudan’s government if you tells the truth perhaps, no one will buy your Ideas but if you lies, make exaggeration, being experts of saying propaganda and do bad things then, you will be award a big positions and you know those people never ask me. I want Juba’s government to thinks what is the best ways we can do for our owns resources? Let us open mining and Agriculture

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  • 13 January 20:39, by Mayendit

    Juba’s government must listen to anyone who has offer advice. I have no problem with all citizens of Sudanese people but I do not trust the Khartoum’s government. Therefore, we must not depending on oil alone while, there are many resources to be explored. First of all, let us open mining, Agriculture, domestic oil refinery, livestock dairy cooling and manufacturing and others factories industry.

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    • 13 January 22:20, by lino

      Mayedit,

      As soon as Chinese are totally in charge of pumping, transferring, buying our oil, we remain as a poor nation and depend on food aides!!!
      1- Our oil will be taken with us benefiting! It is only for China and Sudan.
      2- Our environment will be be polluted and we will not have safe drinking water or land to cultivate, and our people will be sick with illness that no one heard of.

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      • 13 January 22:24, by lino

        3- Our other minerals will be stolen by China and Russia with the help of Sudan and the Government of Juba under Khartoum by signing agreements without knowing the long term effect.
        I am not sure what are you people waiting for with open mouths?!!!!

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