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Khartoum agrees to assist Juba in restarting oil production in Unity State

South Sudan’s minister of Petroleum and Mining has arrived in Khartoum on a previously unannounced visit to discuss restarting oil production in Unity state following government army’s recapture of the key state from rebel control.

Oil ministers of Sudan and South Sudan affirm increased production from Adariel Field

Sudan's Oil Minister has revealed that the flow of oil from the Adariel oilfield in South Sudan and pumped through pipelines to Port Sudan on the Red Sea has been increased.

Kiir lures foreign investors despite institutional weaknesses

A two-day investment conference, held in the capital, Juba 4-5 December, showcased business and investment opportunities in South Sudan.

South Sudan's New Refineries to Bring Fuel Independence Closer

South Sudan is set to become almost self-sufficient in oil products within a year as two refineries enter production, saving Africa’s newest nation foreign exchange it now uses to buy diesel from neighbors.

China Hopes to Dominate Africa by Boosting Trade Via Indian Ocean

People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials are becoming increasingly apprehensive about the rise in the use of the westward corridor to export oil, diamonds, and rare minerals out of South Sudan and the Central African Republic via Cameroon. In other words, this creates a flow to Atlantic sea and air transportation routes, rather than routes eastward to Indian Ocean trade routes.

China Finds Resistance to Oil Deals in Africa

In Niger, government officials have fought a Chinese oil giant step by step, painfully undoing parts of a contract they call ruinous. In neighboring Chad, they have been even more forceful, shutting down the Chinese and accusing them of gross environmental negligence. In Gabon, they have seized major oil tracts from China, handing them over to the state company.

Sudan extends oil shutdown deadline

Sudan Monday postponed its deadline for the closure of the economically vital pipeline network carrying South Sudanese oil until next month. The period “has been extended for another two weeks that ends on Sept. 6,” the official SUNA news agency said in a brief SMS dispatch which gave no details on what was the second such postponement.

South Sudan moves closer to oil pipeline to the south

South Sudan has moved closer to its target of gaining access to a pipeline to export its oil to the south instead of through Sudan, now the presidents of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed to build two pipelines across East Africa.

US companies "interested" in South Sudan's oil, says ambassador

The US Ambassador to Juba, Susan Page has stated that companies from her country were interested in South Sudan’s oil, when asked about the subject at a press conference. The SPLM government has "divided some of the blocks and sub-divided some of the blocks that have previously been granted and there is real interest in a number of American companies", the Ambassador said.

Total to Bring ExxonMobile and Kufpec into South Sudan

Late last year the government of South Sudan was rumored to be dividing Block B up into three separate blocks (Block B1, B2, and B3) and bringing in two other companies next to Total, namely US supermajor ExxonMobil and Kuwait’s state-run firm Kufpec. Total has preempted the move by bringing the two into its portion of the divided block itself.

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