South Sudan oil output limited by damage to fields

South Sudan oil output limited by damage to fields

Damage to South Sudan’s oil fields after more than two years of civil war will hamper plans to boost output, Petroleum Minister Dak Duop Bischok said.

The government is currently assessing the extent of repairs that need to be made to production facilities in the northern Unity and Upper Nile states, Bischok said in an interview Thursday in the capital, Juba. The country needs the revenue from pumping more oil to tame an economic crisis, he said.

“Our interest is to increase production to improve our economy and in one week’s time we will go to the sites to assess the damages,” Bischok said.

Conflict in the world’s newest country cut oil output by a third to about 160, 000 barrels per day. The country is currently only pumping oil in Upper Nile state after Unity production stalled in 2014. Before the war, China National Petroleum Corp., Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. and India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corp. produced most of the oil. Read more

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