The South Sudan Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mining Elizabeth James Bol. [Gurtong| Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 03 August 2012 [Gurtong]– Elizabeth James Bol told Gurtong in an exclusive interview that the feasibility study at the Lamu Port oil pipeline has been completed in the Kenyan side but the one in South Sudan is yet to start.
“We are trying to contact some international firms to support the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining in the construction of some of the oil facilities”, she said.
The Minister said a feasibility study for the Ethiopia and Djibouti pipeline is yet to start.
According to the Minister, the government is assessing the economic viability of constructing more than two oil pipelines in the country.
The ministry has also been weighing the actual production of the oil reserve in the country.
South Sudan early this year shut down its oil production due to claims that Khartoum was stealing its oil and opted for construction of its own oil pipeline through the Kenyan Port of Lamu.
Sudan and South Sudan are currently in talks under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in an attempt to reach agreements on the outstanding issues including oil.
Bol told Gurtong that South Sudan will not stop the construction of her oil pipelines’ with Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti even if the two parties reach an oil agreement.