South Sudan says oil flow not affected by protests in neighboring Sudan

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The Heglig oil facility in South Sudan. The country has announced a tender to audit its oilfields. PHOTO | AFP
A worker walks by an oil well at the Toma South oil field to Heglig, in Ruweng State, South Sudan. /Reuters

South Sudan on Thursday said oil flow to neighboring Sudan is not being disrupted by ongoing protests following the military takeover in Khartoum.

“The oil flow is not affected, the oil is flowing,” Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information and broadcasting said in Juba on Thursday.

The oil-dependent South Sudan relies on Sudan’s oil infrastructure to export its crude through Port Sudan.

In September, oil exports were briefly disrupted after civilians held protests in Eastern Sudan over having been excluded from the October 2020 peace deal signed in Juba between the Sudan transitional government with various opposition groups.

The protestors blocked access to Port Sudan that in turn briefly halted oil flow from South Sudan.

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