Bentiu Oil Refinery located in Unity State (also known as Western Upper Nile), South Sudan has started producing refined oil products, according to Engineer Ayang Malong. The latter is the Deputy Managing Director and the Director of Downstream Department at the Nile Petroleum Corporation (Nilepet).
“Three trucks of the first batch arrived in Juba the capital of S.Sudan on Saturday. That means that Nilepet has started to put the first fuel to the market. Note that this is not because we are looking for money but because we want to have a share to help our people who are suffering,” he said.
The capacity of the facility
Eng. Yang said that the Bentiu Oil Refinery has started with the aim of producing 10,000 barrels per day.
“These includes diesel, and furnace and very soon we will also have enough diesel as well a little petrol in our market for domestic consumption,” he added.
On the other hand, the Vice President for Nile Petroleum Group, Mr. James Lotika, said that the Refinery is currently producing 3,000 barrels of refined oil a day.
“At the moment we are producing 3,000 barrels a day of refined products. Basically, diesel is about 30 percent, and then heavy fuel oil, which is mostly known as furnace, is about 70 percent.
In the next two or three months, we will expand it to be 10,000 barrels a day which will also produce both products diesel and heavy fuel oil,” concluded Mr. Lotika.
A Safinat and Nilipet project
Bentiu’s Oil Refinery project is a joint venture project between Safinat and the national Oil & Gas Corporation of South Sudan (Nilepet).
Built at a cost of US$ 100M, the Bentiu’s Oil Refinery is one of the five refineries that will have a planned total refining capacity of 127,000 barrels per day.