South Sudan resumes crude production

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Sudanese oil minister Azhari Abdulqader, says it has resumed pumping 20,000 bpd of crude from Toma South oil field, where production had been suspended since 2013.

Abdulqader told a news conference in Khartoum production at five previously suspended oil fields was expected to reach 80,000 bpd after maintenance work is completed by year-end.

“South Sudan’s oil output currently stands at 130,000 bpd and is expected to reach 210,000 bpd by year-end” he added.

A lot of the country’s oil infrastructure was destroyed during the war.

A peace deal between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar has raised hopes of a return to full scale production.

South Sudan’s oil is shipped to international markets via a pipeline through Sudan.

Hauwa Mustapha