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Crude oil set for smooth flow as pipelines under repair: Amour

Author: Obaj Okuj | Published: Thursday, February 29, 2024

900-mile pipeline from Heglig Oilfield to Port Sudan. (Photo: Courtesy).

The flow of South Sudan crude oil to Port Sudan will soon be restored in the coming weeks after the report of the pipeline damages, according to the Managing Director of Nile Petroleum Corporation.

This comes after the government disclosed that there have been damages in several locations of the oil pipelines in Sudan amid the ongoing conflict.

Engineer Bernard Amour now says a team of engineers and technicians is currently engaged in repairing the damaged oil pipelines crossing the Sudanese territory.

On Wednesday, the Managing Director of Nilepet provides an update on the pipeline situation, particularly on the PS3 and PS4 sections.

Amour says the oil flow will soon be restored after meeting with President Kiir.

He clarified that the expected challenges should not be misunderstood as a complete shutdown of operations.

“I briefed His Excellency [President Kiir] on the progress of the situation on the pipeline, the PS3, and the PS4,” Engineer Amuor said.

“The progress of the maintenance is going on in Sudan and the challenges of course will be overcome, the oil and gas industry such incidents are expected,” Amour said.

“It doesn’t mean it’s a total shutdown. It means it’s a period where engineers have to fix, what has been damaged and hopefully in the next couple of weeks the oil flow will be as normal,” he said.

On Tuesday, during a joint press conference, the Ministers of Information and Cabinet Affairs admitted challenges in the oil flow due to pipeline damage.

They also noted a problem caused by insecurities in the Red Sea as a result of Houthi rebel’s attacks on ships in protest over the war in the Middle East.

According to Nilepet, South Sudan crude oil flow to international markets continues uninterrupted, despite the current crisis in Sudan.

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