South Sudan Oil Pipeline Construction Via Kenya and Djibouti Talks Resume

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South Sudan Oil Pipeline construction plans are underway as The Republic of South Sudan has just recently gotten to revive the plans of trucking and constructing oil pipelines. This was revealed by the Minister of Finance in South Sudan, Baak Barnaba Chol, in an announcement he made to the United Nations where he stated their efforts with partners in the region that would facilitate oil transportation through pipelines and using trucks. The landlocked country of Sudan exports its crude oil to the international market via Port Sudan. Initially, they had also laid out plans to build South Sudan Oil Pipeline but as for now, the pipelines that are able to transport oil to the market get to pass through Sudan only.

He also revealed that their President recently paid a visit to Kenya and before that, he had held bilateral discussions with regional leaders from the two regions of Kenya and Ethiopia. A memorandum of understanding was signed and are now closely working with their partners in order to bring about the start of the South Sudan Oil Pipeline project. Furthermore, Juba got to sign a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopia and Djibouti which provided for a possibility of the construction of an oil pipeline.

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Countries that South Sudan Oil Pipeline Shall Pass Through

The pipeline shall run through Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. According to earlier reports, a branch of the Toyota group had kicked off a feasibility study into an oil pipeline that would run through the Republic of Kenya despite the criticism it has faced from analysts who have stated that the oil pipeline would not be economically viable not unless more reserves of crude oil have been unearthed.

Despite the fact that no progress in the pipeline construction has been shown, the current situation in the country of Sudan seems to have exerted pressure on Juba to take the initiative and mobilize more resources that would facilitate and enable the construction of other alternative routes in order to avoid dependence on just one gateway of their crude oil to the foreign international markets.