Hon Stephen Dhieu Dau, the Minister of Petroleum opening the oil pipeline workshop in Juba [©Gurtong/ Moses Lopu]
By Lopu Moses
JUBA, 20th April 2012 [Gurtong]
The workshop was opened by the Petroleum and Mining Minister, Mr. Stephen Dhieu Dau who thanked the USAID for their continuous cooperation.
Meanwhile the Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Embassy in South Sudan, Chris Datta warned that building a pipeline needs serious study since it is an engineering project.
He added that there are challenges that may be encountered in the process of putting up the pipeline.
“Oil is a resource and can cause harm if the engineering is not done well because we have seen such situation before for example the Mexico Scenario,” he said.
He urged the government of South Sudan to take the engineering aspect keenly to ensure that the impact is not negative on the environment.
Datta expressed that the United States interest in helping South Sudan to avoid unexpected mistakes his country made in the past and to make South Sudan capable of avoiding such risks. He further urged South Sudan to use its oil wisely.
The workshop is aimed at providing the overview of the oil sector in South Sudan and its current situation.
Thomas Connor, the main workshop facilitator called on the Ministry of Petroleum to cooperate with the other relevant ministries.
He said that the intension is to ensure that the development of the pipeline is done in a way that it minimizes political, social and economic risks.
Nevertheless, he said that many resources have not yet been discovered in South Sudan and that the challenge is translating it into money.
He observed that the decision to shut down the oil production in the country has robbed it of 98% of its revenue.