South Sudan: Oil flowing freely despite port strike in Sudan

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South Sudan’s oil minister said on Monday that the country’s oil flow is running smoothly despite an ongoing port strike in Sudan.

Ezekiel Lol said all issues with importing chemicals for drilling from the country’s northern neighbour have been resolved after they were left stranded for three days at Port Sudan when oil workers went on strike.

No impact on South Sudan oil production

“I can assure the world and the people of South Sudan that South Sudan oil is flowing smoothly without any difficulties,” Lol said during a visit to Sudan where he discussed the issue of the strike with Sudanese officials.

“The chemicals that are in Port Sudan will be leaving today for South Sudan,” he said.

Lol’s comments come after South Sudan’s information minister said on Friday that the country’s oil exports had been affected by the strike at Sudan Port. However, Sudanese officials insisted there were no issues with exports that would hold up South Sudan’s oil flow.

Land-locked South Sudan exports its oil through Sudan via a pipeline leading to Port Sudan. The world’s youngest nation says it is producing 135,000 barrels today as it attempts to increase exports to pre-war levels when it was exporting more than 350,000 barrels of crude oil every day.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.