Construction for South Sudan to start in 2013 - kenyadetails

The announcement was made during a briefing by the Petroleum and Mining Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau and senior executives from his ministry, held for top officials of the ruling Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) General Secretariat to enlighten them about the status of the country’s oil industry.

In September 2012, South Sudan signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Ethiopia and Djibouti to create a mechanism for the construction of a pipeline through their countries. South Sudan also expects to sign a similar IGA with Kenya, which would allow the construction of a pipeline to the Kenyan port of Lamu.

Ministry officials explained that a Japanese firm has completed feasibility studies on the Lamu route. They added that the Japanese and American companies have expressed interest to jointly fund the project on a build, own, operate and transfer basis.

According to Ministry Director for Pipelines Dr Gatwech Thich, German company ILF has been contracted to carry out a feasibility study on the South Sudan–Ethiopia–Djibouti route. The study, said Dr Thich, will take between six and nine months.
The Ministry said it was currently looking into two options as possible routes for the pipeline.

Regardless, the government of South Sudan decided construction will “begin in October 2013” according to Dr Thich.

The Ministry’s Under Secretary and other top Ministry executives – including Director General for Petroleum Mohammed Lino, Director for Refineries Awow Daniel Chuang, and Nile Petroleum Managing Director Paul Adong – all made presentations during the briefing at the SPLM headquarters.

The briefing was in line with the SPLM’s obligations as a ruling party to follow up on the performance of its cadres in the executive, and to ensure that they are executing party policies and delivering on promises made to the people.

South Sudan was forced to shut down its oil production in January 2012 after Sudan imposed exorbitant transit fees and tariffs, and in protest of continued theft of its oil by Sudanese authorities. A deal to restart production has yet to be executed but South Sudanese officials are also looking at other options to export the country's crude oil.