S. Sudan seeks pipeline alternative to end dependence on Sudan

Special to WorldTribune.com

WASHINGTON — South Sudan has sought an alternative to the export crude oil pipeline that crosses into its northern rival.

_58411405_south_sudan304x235A U.S. government report said South Sudan was determined to end its dependence on Sudan for oil exports.

The Energy Information Administration said Juba has been discussing options with its neighbors.

“South Sudan has been discussing options with authorities in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti to possibly build a pipeline either to the Kenyan Port of Lamu or to the Port of Djibouti via Ethiopia,” the administration said in a report titled “Sudan And South Sudan Energy Profile: Disagreements Curtailing Oil Production.”

But the report, dated Sept. 5, cast doubts on the feasibility of another pipeline. EIA cited continuing problems with South Sudan oil output, plagued by disruptions and natural decline.

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