Production officially restarted at South Sudan’s Unity Oilfields on Monday, after five years of cessation in the Unity State’s Rubkona county.
South Sudan’s Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkouth will officially launch a full resumption plan for the oilfields in January in potential partnership with Sudan, Nyamilepedia reported.
“The initial target of the oil production at phase I will be 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) and by the end of January, the Unity Oilfields will reach its potential and capacity as before shutdown of 2013 of producing 40,000 bpd,” he said.
Oil production came to a stop in 2013 after civil war and violence broke out in Unity State. A peace deal was signed by South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr Riek Machar Teny in 2015.
Africa Oil & Power will host the third annual South Sudan Oil & Power conference in 2019.