Six years after civil war, South Sudan’s oil production gets a boost

South Sudan has begun to repair and pump oil from wells damaged in its 2013 civil war .

According to Sudan’s Oil Minister; Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth, the country also plans to ramp up production by the end of the year.

 Production is currently at 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) and the wells reopening today will add 12,000 bpd, It is expected to increase to 70,000 per day, producing a combined output of 230,000 bpd by the end of 2019

South Sudan’s oil infrastructure was badly damaged in its civil war, which broke out in 2013, two years after it had become independent from neighbouring Sudan. 

    The war plunged Production to less than half of prewar levels.  

Currently, the country’s oil wells are being repaired with the help of the Sudanese, Malaysia’s Petronas, India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC Videsh) and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) all have stakes in South Sudan. 

  According to Gatkuoth , Cargoes have been booked until the end of March but there would be additional oil for sale.

 South Sudan’s Dar blend is currently being sold for $61 per barrel. 

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