South Sudan’s Nilepet wants to be an operator by 2022

A local oil worker inspecting oil spills in oilfield

Oct 3, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s state hydrocarbon company, Nile Petroleum Corporation (Nilepet), has set a target of 2022, to be a leading and competitive integrated oil and gas corporation of choice in South Sudan and beyond.

“We want to have our own block to operate”, says James Yugusuk, the company’s Director General for Downstream.

“We want to raise world class South Sudanese technical staff and we want to construct four refineries: one in Bentiu, Paloch, Pagak and Thiangrial. All those are producing blocks. We also want to construct depots in major towns in South Sudan which is a very ambitious plan because we need to have strategic reserves.

“We want to extend our retail outlets to all the major towns in South Sudan. We want to have a very robust and highly effective JV and this is for companies and people who are willing to do that. We also want to have a strong footprint in the research and development programmes”.

Starting from 2013, Nilepet started participating in Joint Operating Companies in the country, holding stakes on behalf of the government in these JOCs through which it builds capacity of its staff. Between 2015 and 2018, Nilepet established joint ventures with oil service companies “and we continue to build the capacity of our national staff such that between 2022 and 2027, we’ll become a standalone operator, able to work up and develop hydrocarbon acreages by ourselves.

Nile Delta, for one, is a JV with 51% Nilepet and 49% held by Niger Delta Exploration and Production of Nigeria. “The mandate is to work on gas monetization and production optimization. This JV is also operating in the current producing blocks.

SIPET, for another, is an engineering and construction company which is 80% owned by Nilepet and 20% by QDC, a Chinese Engineering company. The areas of service are project management, consultancy, operation and maintenance. It is working on some of the country’s producing fields.

Nile Drilling is open to any international partner. “It is 90% Nilepet and 10% open to any willing investor”, Yugusuk explains. The specialization is drilling, and work over services.

“Nile Services and Logistic Company is 51% Nilepet and 49% from a local investment group and a South African company”, Yugusuk discloses. “It is into logistics and of course, it is still under development”. Another JV that we have is the Nile-Delta Systems which deals in ICT and it is currently operating and it is 51% Nilepet and 49% ASECCO Polland.

“We have SNP Group which is 30% Nilepet and 70% a Russian company called Sufinat it is working on the Bentiu refinery and it is currently operating. We have Dietsmann Nile S.A Ltd which is 31% Nilepet and 69% Dietsmann Technology which is an Italian company that deals on technology. It is operating.

“Again, we have NIYAT which is 40% Nilepet and 60% Eyat-Sudan. It specializes in road construction and maintenance”.

Source: Africa Oil + Gas Report

Opinion: S. should build hydroelectric power instead of fossil fuel power plants

Photo: Jacob M. Deng
Jacob M. Deng, in a khaki suit, talks with utility workers during the commissioning of a substation in Juba, South Sudan.
Jacob M. Deng, in a khaki suit, talks with utility workers during the commissioning of a substation in Juba, South Sudan |Photo: Jacob M. Deng

Sept 27, 2020 (Thessherald)–Hydroelectric power is better than power plants in the whole world. It has been some months now since the time when South Sudan built and announced their new fossil fuel power plant in the city of Juba. The idea behind the building of the new fossil fuel power plant was to fulfill the increasing demand of power energy in Juba city and across South Sudan. It is an excellent plan to deliver power energy to our citizens and esteemed foreign nationals living in South Sudan.

Moreover, electricity is very significant in the national development of any country globally. Industrialization, financial institutions, factories, businesses, government agencies, humanitarian organizations and general public need electricity to carry out many activities daily on earth.

But they need clean, sustainable and affordable electricity. They need power energy that is renewable, non-toxic, healthy and environmental friendly in South Sudan. The urban and rural electrification of the entire country is an excellent initiative but the affordability, sustainability, accessibility and environmental impact assessment need to be consider. Furthermore, the fossil fuel power plant that was built by the Ezra Group of Eritrea in Juba and which is 33-megawatt power plant is not really sufficient to provide the electricity needed across the city of Juba let alone the rest of the country. The new power plant was meant to provide the electricity to many households, businesses, government’s institutions, diplomatic missions and humanitarian agencies in Juba.

But it has up to now not fully deliver on that promise to the residents of Juba. The power plant has provided electricity to few areas in Juba only. Moreover, in our country many households and businesses depends on diesel generators to carry out their daily activities. It is widely reported that the new power plant will be run by diesel and will have scrubbers to avoid emissions compare to generators that are run by diesel. Additionally, what has not been fully reported is the affordability, reliability and accessibility of the electricity that’ll be generated by the new fossil fuel power plant to the city dwellers of Juba. Moreover, this is not the first time that the fossil fuel power plant has been established in South Sudan.

There were other power plants that were built in Bor, Wau, Malakal and other cities across the country and many of them are dysfunctional as I speak now. What lead to their dysfunctionality is not known until now? Most of the power plants in South Sudan were funded and built by the Egyptians. The Egyptians’ support is creditable but will power plants pretty aid South Sudan to achieve her full energy’s desire? Why do Egyptians support South Sudanese people to build power plants instead of hydroelectricity? They Egyptian government should be supporting South Sudan to build dams along the Nile river for her hydroelectric power instead of power plants which are not sustainable and renewable form of energy. And if there is any hidden fear by Egyptian government about any negative impact of the dams that South Sudan may build and will affect the share of Nile water to the Egyptians then they need to make it clear to our country.

Additionally, if the Egyptian government really want to help South Sudan, then they should support our government to build hydroelectric power in Fulla in Nimule instead of power plants. Who own the Nile river amongst the Nile basin countries? Who gave the highest share of the Nile water to Egypt? Was it almighty God (Allah) or British? And if it is our almighty God who divide the Nile river water, then where is our water share as South Sudan? where are they shares of other Nile river countries including our sisterly country Ethiopia? And if it is British who divide the Nile water, then where is our share? And who gave British the power to divide the Nile river water? All the Nile basin countries according to my equitable observation; all they Nile river’s nations have equal shares and rights in the Nile river. There is no country that has the supreme power and absolute control over Nile river. The Nile Basin countries need to share Nile river water equitably to avoid any future nonsensical bloodshed over the water resource of the Nile river.

Furthermore, hydroelectric power is more effective and efficient form of energy compare to the fossil fuel power plants and our country need to avoid those unreliable, unsustainable, unaffordable and non-renewable form of energy. Fossil fuel power plants can pollute the environment and are expensive to maintain in the long run. They waste a lot of fossil fuel compare to hydroelectricity.

They’re outdated form of energy that has been used for centuries and they’ve many disadvantages than advantages. Hydroelectricity is a clean and pollution-free form of energy source. Hydroelectric power can be run without the need to import fossil fuels in the country. Additionally, fossil fuel power plants burn a lot of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. In addition to that, there’re numerous benefits with hydroelectric power and they include: hydroelectric power is a renewable energy, hydroelectric power is a sustainable energy, hydroelectric power help in the storage and protection of drinking clean water, hydroelectric power increases the reliability and stability of electricity systems, hydroelectric power assists in the fight against climate change, hydroelectric power improves the air we breathe, hydroelectric power play crucial role in the national development, hydroelectric power is a clean and affordable form of energy for the nation and hydroelectric power is significant instrument for sustainable development.

Also, they hydroelectric power can create sufficient employment and revenues for the citizenry and government respectively. Finally, South Sudan need to build her own hydroelectric power dams and there should be no any desirability and plan to import electricity from sisterly bordering countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. The reliability on importation of everything from foreign nations into South Sudan will prevent us from building our beautiful South Sudan economically.

we need to be importing vital things only that we lack and cannot make in our nation at the moment. They South Sudanese people including our government have intelligent brains, energies, faculties and resources to develop our gorgeous South Sudan. a foreign hydroelectricity is a foreign hydroelectricity and we cannot absolutely rely on it.

South Sudan need her own hydroelectricity instead of fossil fuel power plants which lack reliability, marketability, affordability, and sustainability. They fossil fuel power plants are not environmental friendly and they pollute biodiversity and worsen climate change due to the gases that are release into the atmosphere.

So we as South Sudan Environmental Advocates (SSEA) strongly recommend other clean and renewable form of energy such as hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy or other clean energy sources instead of non-renewable fossil fuel power plants and diesel-run generators across South Sudan. We need cleaner and sustainable sources of energy in our country that’ll not affect our environment.

The government of South Sudan and Ministry of energy, dams and electricity need to seriously plan and start building hydroelectric power dams in the country and we should not import hydroelectricity from downstream neighbors whether at the moment or in the future in South Sudan.

Dependence on the importation of everything from other countries is not healthy economic wise and it can massively undermine South Sudan’s sovereignty, national economic growth and it can lead to an engineering of disrespect, revenues loss and unfair bilateral relations between South Sudan and other countries regionally and internationally. So let build our own hydroelectric power dams that’ll help us create employment opportunities, revenues, economic prosperity, profitability, maintainability and sustainable development in South Sudan.

The author is a National Project Coordinator of South Sudan Environmental Advocates (SSEA) and can be reached via his Email: Web:

Gov’t aims to provide free services according to its Vision 2040

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

September 13, 2020 (Thessherald)–Governance Cluster meeting number 15 this week reviewed the South Sudan Vision 2040, and recommended its full review with participation of representatives from the other Clusters before tabling it to the Council of Ministers meeting for final approval.

Chaired by the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, the meeting conducted in the Council of Ministers meeting hall recommended incorporation into the South Sudan Vision 2040 aspects of crosscutting reform agenda provided for in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Initiated since 2010 one year before independence, the South Sudan Vision 2040 envisages how South Sudan should look like 20 years from now down the road.

The strategies for the delivery of the Vision include: building an educated and informed nation, prosperous, productive and innovative, compassionate and tolerant, free, just and peaceful, democratic and accountable, safe, secure and healthy as well as united and proud.

The Governance Cluster meeting also recommended construction of a new spacious hall for the Cabinet meetings. The new hall would be equipped with the State of the Art communications technology in preparations for E-Government.

There are 12 national ministers in the Governance Cluster. Also, at times relevant Undersecretaries from different ministries participate in the Cluster meeting to provide technical support, depending on the agenda of the meeting.

Source: First Vice President Office’s Press Unit.

ARC denies tax evasion alleged on social media

Africa Resource Corporation ARC, a Juba-based road construction company currently implementing developmental projects | Photo: ARC

Press Release

Africa Resource Corporation ARC, a Juba-based road construction company currently implementing developmental projects | Photo: ARC

Africa Resource Corporation ARC, a Juba-based road construction company currently implementing developmental projects | Photo: ARC

September 11, 2020 (Thessherald)–It has come to our attention that there are documents circulating particularly on social media trying to imply that Africa Resource Corporation ARC has been fraudulently evading to pay import taxes especially pertaining our construction inputs and equipment.

Such information is meant to derail and undermine the progress we are making in our various road construction projects especially in light of the commendable job done so far. We would like to categorically state that ARC is a law abiding, legally operating corporate entity that is subject to all the tax and import regulations in South Sudan.

We would also like to state that as per the law of the land, all farming and construction equipment is tax exempt which is a measure taken by the Government to grow the local agricultural and construction sectors.

As ARC we are grateful to the Government of South Sudan for this policy because without it, local construction firms would not be able to compete with foreign, more capitalized firms in the construction of our Nation’s roads and bridges. We are committed to delivering the promise of quality that we have given our stakeholders and particularly the great people of South Sudan as we continue to invest in building our country.

We thank you for all the support we have received so far and urge you to dwell in positivity as we strive to build South Sudan together.

ARC Management

Newsflash: Local construction company outperforms foreign road contractors

Africa Resource Corporation ARC, a Juba-based road construction company currently implementing developmental projects | Photo: ARC
Juba-Bor Highway constructed by Africa Resource Corporation-ARC | Photo: ARC

July 26, 2020 (Thessherald)–A Juba-based road construction company, Africa Resource Corporation-ARC has blown its own trumpet after surpassing government-hired foreign construction companies recently criticized for their poor workmanship.

In a social media post obtained by The South Sudan Herald, ARC hailed its workers for going the extra mile to ensure that the ongoing construction work is not disrupted by heavy rains as has always been the case in the past.

“The rain has stopped and the Juba Bor Highway is still holding strong as expected,” the company said in a brief statement.

ARC urged citizens to have faith in their own national companies. “Trust your National Construction company ARC to deliver quality,” it added.

On July 8, 2020, Africa Resource Corporation-ARC started laying the first layer of asphalt on top of several other layers of foundation on the Juba-Bor Highway, marking its first construction work.

In recent months, a Chinese construction company, Shandong Hi-Speed Group, has been suspended due to poor construction of a highway linking Juba and Rumbek after heavy rains swept away some parts of the road.

The construction deal between the office of the president and the Shandong High Speed Group resulted in the dismissal of former Presidential Affairs Minister Mayiik Ayii, due to what the government termed as ‘lack of supervision.’

Reported By | Buay Kapduel Buol

U. S. Inaugurates 78 Kilometers of Rehabilitated Feeder Roads in W. Equatoria

Troika countries issue a press release, calling for full implementation of R-ARCSS | Photo: USA Embassy in S. Sudan

Press Release: U.S. Embassy Juba, South Sudan

(Thessherald)–Nzara, South Sudan – Today the U.S. Government marked the completed rehabilitation of 78 kilometers of roads in Western Equatoria, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Gangura-Rimenze and Nzara-Basukangbi feeder roads connect South Sudan to the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which will boost cross-border trade. These roads connect local farmers in rural areas to markets in urban areas, such as Yambio and Nzara. The rehabilitation of these roads will facilitate the movement of people and services, benefiting an estimated 100,000 people who rely largely on road transport.

“As we inaugurate these rehabilitated roads today—marking a new era for the people who live in Western Equatoria State—I want to tell you that on behalf of the American people, we stand with you in hope and partnership, looking forward to a bright and prosperous future for South Sudan,” said U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Tom Hushek.

Since 2011, the U.S. Government has funded the rehabilitation of 340 kilometers of feeder roads in Western Equatoria. Western Equatoria has the potential to be the breadbasket of South Sudan in peacetime with opportunities for export of agricultural products.

To highlight the importance of agriculture as the mainstay of the people of Western Equatoria, local farmers supported through a partnership between USAID and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) showcased their products to representatives of the U.S. Government, United Nations, and journalists attending the event.

The USAID-FAO project is helping communities recover from the devastating effects of conflict and displacement by rebuilding and diversifying sustainable livelihoods, so that South Sudanese can again support their families through farming, fishing, beekeeping, and other trades.