18 February 2012

South Sudan: Juba Confirms Completion of Pipeline Shut Down

Juba — The National Minister of Petroleum and Energy in Juba yesterday informed the cabinets that the practical shut down of the pipeline countrywide has been complete.

This was revealed after a cabinet meeting converged at the ministry of cabinet affair by the information minister and the government spokesperson Dr.Barnaba Marial Benjamin to the journalists.

"Oil field has been adequately shut down," reiterated Marial.

South Sudan last month resolved to fully shut down its oil output in a row with Sudan over export transit fees until the two agreed on a transit fee and accused Khartoum of its oil thefts.

South after independent took three-quarters of Sudan's oil production the lifeline of both countries' economies but still needs to sell its crude through northern export facilities.

Government in Juba whilst talked continues in Addis inked oil pipeline deal to Ethiopia via Djibouti.

South Sudan separated last July after an overwhelming vote that followed two decades of civil war which killed two million people.

The South depends on oil for more than 90 percent of its revenues.

Khartoum admits to confiscating 1.7 million barrels of South Sudanese crude since vowing in November to take 23 percent of southern oil exports as payment in kind during the fee dispute something Juba describes as "theft."

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