South Sudan resumes pumping crude oil from Toma South

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South Sudan has resumed pumping crude oil from Toma South oil field almost five years since operations were halted by the country’s civil war.

The resumption of crude production marks the latest efforts to rebuild the oil-dependent country whose economy has been shattered by the impact of a lengthy civil conflict. South Sudan’s warring leaders signed a peace deal earlier this month to bring the conflict to an end.

Toma South starts pumping again

Toma South is one of several oil fields in the region formerly known as Unity state, a crucial source of oil production for South Sudan before it fell victim to the country’s bitter civil war. The resumption of oil production from Toma South means the region will start pumping oil for the first time in almost five years.

South Sudan’s oil ministry said earlier this month that production will resume at the El Mar, El Toor, Manga and Unity fields later this month.

Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth told reporters on Saturday that Toma South will be producing 45,000 barrels per day.

South Sudan was producing around 350,000 barrels per day in 2011 when it gained independence from South Sudan. This has been reduced to roughly 135,000 per day as the result of a civil war that crippled the country’s economy.

Featured image: By USAID Africa Bureau – A young girl hangs the South Sudan flag, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21460264

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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.