14 January 2014

Sudan Agrees to Assist the South Sudan Govt to Restart Oil Production in Unity State

South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau, visited Khartoum over the weekend to discuss restarting oil production in South Sudan's Unity State following the government's recapture of the area from rebels.

The Bentiu and Tharjath oilfields in the Unity State produce around 45,000 barrels per day. Stephen Dhieu told journalists in Khartoum that restarting oil production in Unity state required Sudan's Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company and South Sudan's Nile Petroleum Corporation to work together. After the fighting broke out last month, oil companies in Unity State from China and India evacuated their workers and shut down the oilfields there.

Officials said there had been no interruption in the production and flow of oil in Upper Nile State. On Monday last week, Sudan's President Omer Al-Bashir visited Juba and agreed to send 900 Sudanese oil workers to help restart oil production.

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