South Sudan pipeline leaking two barrels an hour

By Anine Kilian, Contributing Editor

Corroded pipeline infrastructure has contributed to a crude oil leak in South Sudan’s Houdi area, in the Nile River state.

In a statement released on Saturday,  Sudan’s oil and gas Ministry said the leak is estimated at around two barrels per hour, noting that the affected area did not exceed 200m.

The statement pointed out that technical teams are working to repair the oil pipeline, which transports South Sudanese oil to Port Sudan, in the east of the country.

The Ministry said the situation is under control, adding that “the oil leak has already been contained by reducing the pressure until the urgent maintenance is completed.”

The 1,600 km pipeline, which pumps 150,000 barrels per day (bpd), has a total pumping capacity of 450,000 bpd.