• 4 minutes China goes against US natural gas
  • 12 minutes WTI @ 67.50, charts show $62.50 next
  • 15 minutes Saudi Fund Wants to Take Tesla Private?
  • 1 hour Downloadable 3D Printed Gun Designs, Yay or Nay?
  • 23 mins Peak Oil is Now!
  • 12 hours Rattling With Weapons: Iran Must Develop Military To Guard Against Other Powers
  • 46 mins Russians hacking vs U.S., Microsoft President: Russians Targeting All Political Sides
  • 1 hour Corporations Are Buying More Renewables Than Ever
  • 7 hours VW Receives Massive Order Of 1,600 All-Electric Trucks
  • 15 hours Desperate Call or... Erdogan Says Turkey Will Boycott U.S. Electronics
  • 19 hours CO2 Emissions Hit 67-Year Low In USA, As Rest-Of-World Rises
  • 22 hours The EU Loses The Principles On Which It Was Built
  • 12 hours Batteries Could Be a Small Dotcom-Style Bubble
  • 22 hours Film on Venezuela's staggering collapse
  • 21 hours Saudi PIF In Talks To Invest In Tesla Rival Lucid
  • 18 hours Permian already crested the productivity bell curve - downward now to Tier 2 geological locations

South Sudan Boosts Oilfield Security After Latest Clashes Kill 56

South Sudan Army

The army of South Sudan is deploying additional troops around the Paloch oilfield—the largest oilfield still operational in the country—after fresh clashes with rebels killed 56 people last week, Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk told Bloomberg by phone on Monday.

Insurgents may be planning to attack production facilities at the Paloch oilfield, Juuk said, commenting on the latest in a series of clashes in the oil-rich northern parts of the country, which had left another 60 dead earlier last week.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011. With it, South Sudan also gained control of about three-fourths of Sudan’s oil production.

But in December 2013, South Sudan plunged into civil war when President Salva Kiir Mayardit sacked the cabinet and accused Vice President Riek Machar of instigating a failed coup. The civil war ended in 2015, but clashes have been frequent since.

In May of this year, South Sudan said it would resume oil production by July after a halt of more than two years. During the civil war, the country’s production capacity fell to below 130,000 barrels a day from 350,000 bpd in its only functioning Paloch oil field of Upper Nile state.

However, renewed clashes in July threatened to derail South Sudan’s plans to lift production, and army-vs-rebel fighting intensified last month.

South Sudan, which is estimated to have had 3.5 billion barrels of proved oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, is landlocked and must depend on Sudan’s pipeline through Sudan to get the oil to the Bashayer port on the Red Sea. Sudan had managed to retain pipelines and facilities when South Sudan gained independence, allowing Sudan to levy transfer fees on South Sudan for the transport of that oil through its territory.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News