South Sudan: Bentiu Refinery Launched with a Capacity of 10,000 Barrels per Day!

South Sudan: Bentiu Refinery Launched with a Capacity of 10,000 Barrels per Day!

The Bentiu Refinery in Unity State has started operations in South Sudan. With an investment cost of $100 million, the Bentiu refinery is a joint venture between Russia’s Safinat and the state-owned Nile Petroleum Corporation (Nilepet). The plant, which is part of a batch of five refineries designed to promote self-sufficiency, has a processing capacity of 10,000 barrels per day.

« We came to the market to reduce high fuel prices. The Bentiu refinery has a production capacity of 10,000 barrels per day, which includes heavy fuel oil or a furnace in commercial language. Now we have received three truckloads of this product, » said the deputy general manager for downstream Nilepet.

The refinery will soon produce diesel and a small amount of gasoline for local consumption in an effort to solve the country’s electricity problems.  Indeed, the downstream oil industry has a severe shortage of heavy fuel oil for electricity production, which means that the population still has limited access to electricity.

The launch of this refinery is part of the country’s efforts to better capitalize on its vast oil deposits. South Sudan has the third largest oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa. It derives 90% of its economy from oil revenues. Despite this, the country still imports fuel to meet its demand, mainly from neighboring countries.


Photo credits: Or Noir

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