South Sudan’s oil production declines due to COVID-19

The production of oil in South Sudan has reduced from 185,000 to 170,000 barrels a day due to COVID-19 pandemic. The undersecretary in the South Sudan’s ministry of petroleum has told Xinhua news agency. Awow Daniel Chuang disclosed the government has not been getting enough money from the oil sales.

“COVID-19 and slowdown of the economy have caused South Sudan a lot of problems and you know that the country depends on oil heavily,” he stated.

He said the pandemic has affected logistical supplies to oil fields in Upper Nile and Unity states. The daily oil production in Upper Nile has reduced from 130,000 to 120,000 barrels per day.

In Unity State, the production dropped from 60,000 to 50,000 barrels a day. A barrel of oil has gone down to about 40 US dollars. Chuang said the fall in the oil production and prices is a ‘significant loss to the government.’ South Sudan’s economy depends mainly on oil revenues.