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S. Sudan petroleum minister, OPEC chief discuss end to oil price war

Photo: Government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth, left, cabinet minister, Martin Elia Lomoro, center, and SPLM-IO Youth Leader Puot Kang Chuol, right

April 9, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s petroleum minister Puot Kang Chol discussed in a phone call with Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary-General Mohamed Sanusi Barkindo the oil price notably expressing the country’s willingness to work with OPEC and OPEC+ to end the price war in any way possible

While oil prices rebounded last week on hopes of successful negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Russia, they went back down again today following the negotiations’ delay. Oil prices currently average $25 to $30 a barrel, maintaining their historic low and hurting producers around the world.

Kang also pledged to join the OPEC negotiations on Thursday April 9th, with the hope of reaching a favorable agreement that will stabilize the market and bring benefit to South Sudan and its producing companies.

South Sudan has been part of the OPEC Declaration of Cooperation and OPEC+ for years and a consistent supporter of OPEC’s measures to prevent volatility and maintain market stability. Because 98% of the economy of South Sudan depends on oil production and revenue, the country is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and prices war.

“South Sudan believes that market volatility is negative for every player in the market and hurts out ability to attract new foreign investment, diversify our economy and promote peace,” Kang stated.

“South Sudan is focused on boosting exploration and opening up new oil & gas fields, and the current scenario hampers our growth targets significantly,” he added.

He also further welcomed OPEC’s support in the exchange of information and best industry practices on key matters pertaining to local content development, domestic capacity building, technology transfers and oil revenue management.

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