Sudan, South Sudan Claim Oil Production Boon, But How Much?

South Sudan’s oil output is up 40% in the past year to 165,000 b/d as a cooperation agreement with Sudan comes to fruition, Juba claims. The figures may be inflated, but any increase in revenue is a welcome boost to two struggling economies.

MEES, 8 February 2019

A resumption of production from fields in former Unity state in the north of South Sudan has boosted overall output to 165,000 b/d, according to the ministry of petroleum in Juba – a 27% increase from 130,000 b/d in November, and up 40% on the average 118,000 b/d of crude sold by South Sudan in January 2018. Oil production figures from Juba during the recent years of conflict have often been inflated, suggesting the increase may not be as sharp as the ministry claims.

The upturn comes as plans hatched by Juba and Khartoum to restart fields that have been shut throughout…

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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.