South Sudan plans underwater pipe for oil exports

Reuters, Thursday 8 Mar 2012

South Sudan says it will build a temporary underwater oil pipeline along the line to deliver its crude exports

South Sudan attempts to solve its oil delivery problem through an underwater pipeline along the Nile river (Photo: Reuters)

South Sudan, locked in a row over oil transit fees with neighbour Sudan, said on Wednesday it plans to build a temporary underwater oil pipeline along the Nile as part of a project to deliver crude for export from ports in Kenya and Djibouti.

The pipeline would extend from oilfields to the capital Juba where the crude would be transferred to trucks and taken on to Kenya and Djibouti, South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters by telephone.

Some 30,000 barrels of crude would be delivered to ports under the project, which could be completed by the end of the year, he said. 

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