Sudan fighting slashes oil production

African Energy – 9 January 2014

A rebellion in South Sudan has already slashed oil output by around 100,000 b/d. Production from Unity State, amounting to more than 40,000 b/d, has completely ceased and there has been an estimated drop in output of more than 50,000 b/d from fields in Upper Nile State. In Unity State, output from the Thar Jath field on Block 5A, operated by the Sudd Petroleum Operating Company (SPOC) of Petronas and India’s ONGC Videsh, and the Unity field on blocks 1a and 1b, operated by the Greater Pioneer Operating Company of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Petronas and ONGC, was shut down after rebels took control of the area.

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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.