Production to restart at South Sudan oilfields

sudan 24South Sudan will restart production at Toma South, El Mar, El Toor, Manga and Unity oilfields, a move that aims to boost the East-Central African nation’s oil and gas, accelerating its economic progress

Intensive preparations for oil production resumption will culminate on 25 August 2018 at Toma South, with the relaunch of production from blocks 1, 2 and 4.

The Ministry of Petroleum of South Sudan and Greater Pioner Operating Company (GPOC), with the support of 2B Operating Company (2B OPCO) of Sudan and technical teams from the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas of Sudan have been working on the ground for the past month to rehabilitate facilities and ensure security.

Following a series of visits by the minister of petroleum of South Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth and Azhari A Abdalla, minister of petroleum and gas of Sudan, with direct supervision from Salva Kiir Mayardiit, the President of South Sudan, the GPOC-operated site is ready to resume operations.

With this announcement, blocks 1, 2 and 4 are now fully operational, starting with 45,000 bpd of production at Toma South. This will be followed by El Nar, El Toor, Manga and Unity oilfields, while the ministries work to uncap Sudd Petroleum Operating Company’s block 5A and resume production by the end of 2018.

The Ministry of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan and the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas of the Republic of Sudan will be working to resolve remaining technical issues on block 5A in the coming months.

Gatkuoth stated, “South Sudan’s recovery and march to prosperity is firmly underway, and we are working hand in hand with our neighbours in Sudan to achieve production resumption at major oilfields. We commit to building on the achievements at Toma South and bring our petroleum industry to full strength as quickly as possible.”

The minister of petroleum will speak at the Africa Oil and Power 2018 conference in Cape Town from 5-7 September, where he will update investors on the latest developments. From 21-22 November 2018, Juba will host the South Sudan Oil and Power conference, where the Sudanese government will present investment opportunities in the country.

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