February 2019

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Africa: Civil unrest dampens South Sudan’s refining aspirations

South Sudan has one of the largest proven oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa.

Oirere, S., Contributing Editor

South Sudan has one of the largest proven oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa. However, a raging armed conflict has stalled not only the growth of productive economic sectors and local and international investments, but also plans for new refineries announced more than 5 yr ago. The volatile security situation in Africa’s newest state and the unsettled revenue-sharing dispute with neighboring Sudan has derailed the completion or commissioning of two crude processing plants, forcing the country to rely on imported refined petroleum products. High, but unlikely refining hopes South Sudan’s Petroleum and Mining Minister, Ezekiel Gatkuoth, said previously that the country is targeting construc

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