Two Sudans agree to restart southern oil exports

Date : 2013-04-08  | From :

Sudan and South Sudan agreed on Tuesday to order a restart to southern oil exports through Sudan within two weeks, over a year after Juba shut down its entire petroleum industry.

Landlocked South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July 2011, closed off its 350,000 barrel-per-day output in January last year in a dispute over transit fee paid to send the oil through Sudanese pipelines.

A deal signed by the two sides early Tuesday set out a timeline for the resumption of oil exports after four days of talks in Addis Ababa.

South African former president Thabo Mbeki, the mediator, told reporters they had agreed to order oil companies to restart production within two weeks of "D-Day," given as Sunday, March 10.

They agreed at the talks on Friday to order the withdrawal of their troops from a demilitarized border zone within a week to ease tensions and open the way to resuming oil exports, which should be complete by April 5.