South Sudan’s oil exports were disrupted after oil workers in Port Sudan in neighbouring Sudan went on strike and joined widespread anti-government protests, a government spokesman said.
South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said an unknown quantity of oil was not lifted in the Red Sea city, where landlocked South Sudan’s oil is transferred from a pipeline to oil tankers.
He said Petroleum Minister Ezekiel Lol will travel to Khartoum to discuss the flow of South Sudan oil with the Transitional Military Council, which deposed President Omar al-Bashir two weeks ago.
“Certain chemicals used for processing the oil in South Sudan, supposed to be imported from Port Sudan, are stranded because staff of oil companies also joined the strike and nobody is doing the job over there.”
The minister said South Sudan’s current oil production is 135,000 barrels per day.