S. Sudan extends deadline for bids in audit of oilfields program after companies failed to show up

Petroleum wastes in Unity Oilfields, Unity State (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 22nd 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government has extended the deadline for bidders who are interested in its environmental audit project to examine the pollution in the country’s oilfields.

This comes after companies and main targets of the government failed to show up to express interests. In a statement this afternoon, the government said it has extended the period for another seven days. Below is the government statement!

Prequalification for Environmental Audit of Oilfields extended

The Republic of South Sudan has invited companies to bid for a tender to conduct a full environmental audit of the country’s oilfields

On the 9th of January, 2020, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan announced a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all the country’s producing oilfields. The Ministry of Petroleum made prequalification documents available to interested companies from its Juba headquarters, and its website.

Due to the amount of interest, and requests from some companies to extend the deadline, the Ministry’s Environmental Tender Audit Committee has announced an extension to the deadline to submit documentation by seven (7) more days. The deadline is now 16h00, 27 January, 2020.

The Ministry is treating this process as both very importance and urgent. The Petroleum Act of 2012, which governs the oil sector in South Sudan, aims to improve management of the environmental impact of the sector after years of neglect prior to independence.

The civil war also prevented proper management of the environment.

President Salva Kiir has made it clear that the country needs to implement proper environmental standards and guidelines “to safeguard the exploration and exploitation in the extractive industry that has led to pollution in the oilfields and in the surrounding areas.”

The President states environmental policies, standards and guidelines need to be formulated and enforced.

The issue is just as important for the Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang, who believes that understanding the pollution damage will allow the country to put systems in place to prevent further damage as the country increases oil production.

An international independent organization will be appointed to conduct the audit, suggest best practices for new exploration, and propose methods to repair historical environmental damage in South Sudan.

Tender pre-qualification documents for conducting a Full Environmental Audit will be available during office hours at the Ministry of Petroleum’s headquarters in Juba, and from its website MOP-rss.org/env-audit. The documentation is available until 27 January 2020.

Completed documentation needs to be submitted by 16h00, 27 January, 2020 to:

  1. Electronic Submissions:
    wanyak@mopam.goss.org
    audit@mopam.goss.org
  2. Hardcopy Submissions to be delivered in a sealed envelope addressed to:
    Environmental Audit Tender Committee Secretary
    Ministry of Petroleum HQ
    Ministries Road, Juba
    Republic of South Sudan
    PO Box 376

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