S Sudan oil flow via Sudan unaffected: Envoy

23 Dec, 2013 - 00:12 0 Views
S Sudan oil flow via Sudan unaffected: Envoy

The Herald

oilJUBA. – The flow of oil from South Sudan through northern pipelines has been unaffected by a week of fighting on southern soil, Juba’s ambassador to Khartoum said yesterday.
“Nothing happened to the oil,” Ambassador Mayen Dut Wol told AFP on the sidelines of a news conference.
“So oil is flowing and up to this morning I was talking with the minister of petroleum and oil in Southern Sudan and he told me that nothing has happened to petroleum facilities.”

Oil is “flowing peacefully”, the ambassador said, as envoys from the United States and Nigeria prepared to fly into the South as part of efforts to avert all-out civil war.

Petroleum companies have started pulling staff out of South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state, which borders Sudan, after several local oil workers were singled out on ethnic grounds and killed last week.

There has also been fighting in and around Bentiu, the capital of Unity state where Chinese and Malaysian firms are among those operating in the oilfields.

On Saturday, a key army commander in control of Unity state defected to join the rebel forces of Riek Machar, the fugitive former vice president.

However, army spokesman Philip Aguer insists that troops loyal to President Salva Kiir remain in control of the area.
Oil production forms more than 95 percent of South Sudan’s fledgling economy.

Fees paid by South Sudan to send its oil for export through northern pipelines are also a significant revenue-earner for cash-strapped Sudan. – AFP.

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