Warring forces affect South Sudan’s oil industry

Warring forces affect South Sudan’s oil industry

THE conflict in Sudan has reportedly disrupted the logistics routes to South Sudan, leaving the operation of its oil fields in danger.

South Sudan is a landlocked country neighboring Sudan, it is a country heavily dependent on its neighbor for passage of imports from red sea ports.

South Sudan’s government said that they need access to chemicals necessary for oil production, and they are having trouble accessing it due to the armed conflict in Sudan.

The supplies of such chemicals that South Sudan currently has may only last for 3 months.

Critical equipment in oil machinery, such as spare parts, is usually obtained from Port Sudan, but due to the armed conflict, the South Sudan Government said that it will need to explore other routes to import such goods.

“This team is being guided by a well-defined and structured contingency plan that will proactively mitigate the severity of the impact of the fighting in Sudan by rerouting all the logistics and transportation of all our critical materials, chemicals and equipment through other safer routes,” said Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan.

South Sudan heavily relies on income from oil exports to fund 98 percent of their country’s budget.

Amid the armed struggle in its neighboring country, South Sudan is still producing 169,000 barrels of crude oil a day, which is within normal levels.

And oil produced in the country is transported by pipelines to Port Sudan and is then introduced to the international market.

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