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Sudan pledges to train S. Sudan technical engineers

By Wek Atak Kacjang

South Sudan and Sudan have agreed to a draft deal as part of cooperation agreement to train the country’s engineers on technical work to develop skills in oil management. The two sisterly countries also discussed a range of issues which include resuming production in key oil fields within the two countries.

Speaking to the Press on Wednesday during a three-day meeting between the two Ministries, the South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum and Sudan Ministry of Energy and Mining, Dr. Hamid Suliman Hamid the Undersecretary in the Sudan Ministry of Energy and Mining said Sudan government aims to boost oil production for both countries by training technicians.

“Sudan has long term and systematic training programs with special focus on oil production. Also, the two countries will share the products,” Suliman said.

Meanwhile, Eng. Awow Daniel Chuang the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Petroleum said the agreement will build bilateral relations focusing on oil production and investment to help minimize economic crises in two countries.

“The technical meeting between the two petroleum ministries of the two countries entered an agreement on how to form a friendly relationship to make sure that we benefit from our resources,” Daniel said.

South Sudan is a land-locked country that relies on Sudan to export its crude oil in a pipeline model via Khartoum to the Red Sea.

However, both countries, which heavily depend on oil revenues, have seen their economies devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, which brought havoc on global oil prices and demand.

South Sudan used to produce 350,000 barrels per day before the civil war broke out in 2013 which resulted into destruction of most of the oilfields. Since 2018, the country has been trying to reopen the destroyed fields in the hope of returning to pre-war levels of production.

South Sudan is also a member of the OPEC+ coalition, which is currently in the midst of a 7.6 million b/d production cut deal.

In 2011, China started a welder training course to help the nationals’ master knowledge and techniques relevant to the petroleum industry in which the newly-born nation has great potential.

A total of 30 trainees selected from about 800 applicants are under the vocational training, the first of its kind in the country, and are expected to be backbone workers in the petroleum industry in the future.

The project is being conducted by the China Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC), an affiliate of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), in conjunction with South Sudan Ministry of petroleum.

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