South Sudan Announces Tender for Environmental Oilfields Audit 

Following the announcement of plans to take a stronger stance against pollution in South Sudan’s oil-producing areas, the government has invited international companies to bid for a tender to conduct a full environmental audit of the country’s oilfields.

The successful company will be appointed to conduct the audit and will be required to suggest best practices for new exploration, as well as ways to repair the historical damage in South Sudan, ahead of the announcement of the country’s licensing round of 14 new oil blocks, which will take place in the first quarter of 2020.

Government has committed itself to conduct an environmental audit prior to any new exploration and drilling and the country will develop systems to prevent further damage as it seeks to ramp up production to a greater extent.

In August 2019, President Salva Kiir warned that his government would be taking strict measures against pollution in oil-producing areas. He added that the government is eager to welcome new exploration and production, and that companies would be held to a high standard.

The tender prequalification documents can be obtained at the Ministry of Petroleum’s headquarters in Juba and from its website. The documentation will be available between January 13 and 20.