The countries have agreed upon the need to increase oil production in South Sudan, to use and benefit from the expertise and capabilities available in Sudan, and to speed up procedures to open a coordination office in South Sudan.
They also agreed upon the need for cooperation through training centres, laboratories, refineries and other facilities in Sudan, the establishment of a partnership working in the field of seismic survey data processing, and the possibility of adding additional quantities of crude oil to the El Obeid refinery.
Additionally, the need to open border control posts between the two countries to alleviate trading obstacles.
“Covid-19 adversely affected the country’s output rates, decreasing it by 20-25,000 barrels per day”
Ever since its first day of existence, oil was Juba’s immediate opening to generate a steady flow of government revenues that could rejuvenate the country’s war-torn economy.
Fears of the pandemic spreading have also delayed the commissioning of South Sudan’s first refinery in Sabinat, which albeit at a mere 8,000 barrels per day, capacity could substantially improve oil products’ availability.