On Wednesday, the undersecretary at the Sudanese Ministry of Energy and Mines, Hamid Suleiman, told Sudan Tribune that his country had offered South Sudan a deal to exchange the fuel produced at the refinery of El-Obeid against crude oil. According to his explanations, the aim of the new agreement is to avoid the repeated supply problems that Sudan has experienced recently, while Juba will reduce the cost of fuel imported from the Middle East.
Sudan has indeed been facing for a few weeks a shortage of local crude oil production to meet its domestic demand.
“Khartoum has asked Juba to supply more than 20,000 barrels a day after the global drop in oil prices and in return Sudan will give South Sudan gasoline. The government of South Sudan has agreed in principle after discussions between Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who has promised to respond within two days , ” said Suleiman.
South Sudan’s oil production is 165,000 barrels per day. Juba’s share is around 70,000 barrels, while the rest is divided among its foreign partners. Sudan’s oil production is currently 63,000 barrels a day, according to the senior official.
Source: Agence Ecofin