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. (CONTINUED - 856 WORDS)