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South Sudan rebels say they are close to taking the country’s remaining 170,000 b/d of oil output. They have called for the fields’ operators to halt output and leave.
Southern Sudanese rebels battling the government of long-term leader Salva Kiir this week issued a warning to the mostly Asian state-owned oil companies working in Upper Nile state to shut down their operations and evacuate staff with immediate effect. The Dar Petroleum consortium’s fields in Upper Nile are responsible for all of South Sudan’s current 170,000 b/d output.
Speaking on 19 May, James Gadet Dak, spokesman for the rebel forces (the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, SPLM-IO) said they had stepped up their offensive against the country’s oil operations in Upper Nile state, and had reached within 10km of Palogue, both Dar Petroleum and South Sudan’s largest producing field, some 120km northeast of Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital.
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