November 24, 2018 / 5:59 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-South Sudan's Thar Jath oilfield set to resume output in May, Sudan says

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CAIRO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Rehabilitation work at South Sudan’s Thar Jath oilfield will start on Sunday and production should resume in May after a six-year hiatus, Sudan’s state news agency SUNA reported on Saturday, citing Sudanese oil minister Azhari Abdulqader Abdalla.

Activity at Thar Jath, which is located in Unity State, was suspended when South Sudanese rebels seized the territory from government troops after a civil war broke out in 2013. The warring sides signed a power-sharing deal in September under Sudanese auspices.

“We decided to launch production from Thar Jath block 5A at full capacity, but that is linked to the safety of the entire oil facilities starting from Thar Jath itself and ending in the Khartoum refinery,” SUNA quoted Abdalla as saying at an industry event in the Sudanese capital attended by his South Sudanese counterpart.

South Sudan’s oil minister, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, said the oilfield is expected to pump more than 45,000 barrels per day, the agency said.

Landlocked South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011, depends on its oil exports flowing north to fund its state budget. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy Writing by Sami Aboudi Editing by Helen Popper)

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