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South Sudan seeks alternatives to oil pipeline
from hostile North

CAIRO — The new state of South Sudan has been working to end its dependency on the north for crude oil transportation.


A senior official said South Sudan would seek an alternative to a pipeline through North Sudan amid a dispute with the regime of President Omar Bashir. South Sudan was granted 375,000 barrels of oil per day as part of the division of energy resources with Khartoum.

"We are having conversations," Sudanese People's Liberation Movement secretary-general Pagan Amum said. "We are looking to the alternatives. There's a lot of interest from companies from the Western world."

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In an address to a mining conference on Sept. 1, Amum cited a dispute with Khartoum over custom fees on southern oil.

In August, Khartoum, which contains the only port, stopped an oil shipment from South Sudan amid the north's demand for payment of $32 per barrel in transport fees.

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