Oil production in Rubkona County to resume in late November

South Sudan petroleum minister accompaigned by his Sudanese counterparts inspecting reopening of oil production in Unity State’s Rubkona County (File/Supplied)Nyamilepedia)

October 14th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Oil production in Unity oil fields in Unity State’s Rubkona county is set to resume in late November according to South Sudan’s Petroleum Minister, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.

Gatkuoth on Friday, accompanied by the government’s Northern Liech governor Joseph Nguen Manytuil Wijang along with senior government officials, visited the oil fields in Unity areas where the oil production in South Sudan’s Unity State is centralized.

In a statement to the media on Friday, Minister Lol said the reopening of the oil production in the Rubkona country will benefit the citizens of Rubkona and the entire citizens of Unity State pointing to the promising prices the oil has now at the global market.

“We have decided that by this year unity oil fields must resume production because the price of the oil is good. It is good for the people of Rubkona, Northern Liech, South Sudan, Sudan, and the whole world,” Lol told reporters on Friday while flanked by his Sudanese counterpart Azahri Abdel Qadir before adding that “our partners, they will be enjoying this.”

The Sudanese Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Azahri Abdu Gadder for his part reiterated his government’s commitment to ensuring the plans are actualized as the northern African country struggles to revive its economy.

“I also reiterated our commitment in the ministry always without limitation whatever needed based on the agreement that we signed we will deliver on timely bases and also on very efficient faction and manner,” he said.

Buay Keake Turoal, a member of parliament representing Rubkona County at the transitional parliament welcomed the move urging the oil companies to pay attention to oil leakage which always leads to pollution against locals.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 following a flareup of violence during a national convention for the ruling SPLM party sparking clashes within the country’s Presidential Guards along ethnic lines with some supporting President Salva Kiir and other supporting former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.

In September, South Sudan’s government and opposition groups agreed to form a new transitional government of national unity and to allow for the reopening of the oil production as the parties seek to revive the country’s economy.