Political crisis in Sudan could disrupt oil exports (South Sudan)
October 22, 2021 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said on Friday that protests in Sudan could affect the flow of oil to Port Sudan and disrupt production in the oil fields.
Presidential Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told the Sudan Tribune on Friday that diplomatic efforts had been stepped up to securely track oil through Sudanese territory to the international market without interruption.
Benjamin said political developments could lead to the closure of oil terminals at the Red Sea port in eastern Sudan.
“You may have heard what happened last month when protests from local communities (Hadandawa) disrupted the flow of oil through Port Sudan where we export our oil. If that happens, it will have serious economic repercussions on both countries, ”Benjamin said.
The minister added that Kiir was making all necessary contacts with Sudanese officials to ensure a continuous flow of South Sudanese oil to international markets.
South Sudan depends on the infrastructure of neighboring Sudan to transport its crude for export.
One of the Beja tribal groups, since last September, has blocked roads to Khartoum and closed access to terminals on the Red Sea to pressure the government to cancel a peace agreement signed in Juba with two groups. from eastern Sudan.
The Hadandwa say they were excluded from the deal and are calling for talks with them, not with minority groups. They are now calling for the removal of the transitional government.
Last month, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth expressed a similar concern, citing the activities of the Beja tribal group in port Sudan.
“The government of Sudan has declared the situation in Port Sudan as a force majeure, and efforts are underway to resolve this issue so that our oil can flow,” Lueth said.
The tribal group agreed not to disrupt the export of South Sudanese oil, as well as other commodities and medicines, after shutting down the terminal for two days.