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BENTIU - 16 Feb 2017

Northern Liech State beefs up security at oil fields to resume production

Local authorities in South Sudan’s Northern Liech State said they have boosted security at oil installations to resume output at Tharjiath field in efforts to restore production to levels achieved before the country descended into civil war in 2013.

Lam Tungwar, Minister of Information in Northern Liech State, told Radio Tamazuj yesterday that his government agreed to protect the Unity field to restart oil production as requested by the National Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth during his recent visit to the state.

“After the visit of the minister of petroleum on 4 January, we managed to complete all preparations for the protection of the oil field in Northern Liech,” said Tungwar.

Tangwar pointed out that they are waiting for oil companies that will come to repair damaged oil facilities in the area. “We are now waiting for the national government to send the companies so that they repair the damaged facilities during the fighting. So, if this is thing is done, we will restart the production,” he said.

The local official denied reports that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) are participating in the protection of the Unity oil field.

Photo: Security forces at oil fields in Unity State, January 2017/Facebook