South Sudan repairs its oil infrastructure

South Sudan Oil Minister, Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth. Photo: Stefan Wermuth.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The South Sudan oil infrastructure is currently being repaired after it was damaged during the civil war in 2013.

Oil Minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth said the cargoes have been booked until end of March.

“The repair has begun to pump oil from wells damaged in the civil war and will ramp up production by the end of the year,” said Gatkuoth.

“Production is currently at 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) and the wells reopening will add 12,000 bpd to that, rising to 70,000 bpd by the end of 2019.”

South Sudan’s oil infrastructure was badly damaged during the civil war that broke out in 2013, two years after it had become independent from neighboring Sudan.

South Sudanese Civil War is an ongoing conflict in South Sudan between forces of the government and opposition forces.

The goal is to have all locations operational by the end of the year and working alongside the oil fields in Upper Nile State, which operated throughout the civil war.

South Sudan’s economy is almost entirely dependent on exports of oil from its 3.5 billion barrels of reserves. Most of the oil rigs were shut down or destroyed by the civil war.

The conflict that killed thousands of people has also devastated the economy and sent prices for everyday items soaring.

Oil was central to South Sudan’s potential when it won independence from Sudan in 2011. In the seven years before the civil war began, oil brought in more than $13 billion in revenue, according to the finance ministry.

Gatkuoth said, “there would be additional oil for sale. South Sudan’s Dar blend is currently being sold for $61 per barrel. “

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