The Impact of Aging Facilities on Oil Production in South Sudan
Authored by two Juba-based experts, this paper presents the facts of oil production and transportation in South Sudan:
Pipelines, processing facilities and other components of the dedicated infrastructure have passed their times of acceptable operation. All components of this infrastructure feature a lack of maintenance and upgrading. This explains their frequent breakdowns. These will obviously increase over the next few years.
These problems are caused by the lack of investments on the part of the consortia running South Sudan’s oil industry. This refraining from committing funds to the industry is attributable to profit maximization efforts and to the unsettled and difficult conditions prevailing in the country.
The authors call for a nation-wide program of oil facility evaluation and improvement – to boost this infrastructure to internationally-demanded levels of performance.