ExxonMobil set to pull out of consortium for South Sudan Block B

African Energy – 7 August 2014

ExxonMobil plans to withdraw from a consortium lined up to explore three oil blocks in South Sudan, according to sources in Juba. The blocks together make up Block B, a 118,000km2 area of Jonglei state divided into three in 2012.

“I’ve heard that ExxonMobil have withdrawn from the Total consortium because of the difficulties they’re facing operating in the country,” said an oil industry source in Juba. “Their assessment is that the development of Block B will take forever and there’s so much uncertainty.”

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Richard Nield is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker covering the Middle East and Africa. In 10 years covering the region, he has been published and broadcast by clients including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine. He has reported from throughout the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.