Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Sudan’s oil sector is on the verge of collapse after more than 13 months of war, with oil facilities exposed to severe damage as a result of sabotage and violent attacks.

The Rapid Support Forces transferred the war from the fronts to the oil fields in the Darfur and Kordofan regions, which led to the closure of production fields and the cessation of the main refinery in northern Khartoum.

The Minister of Energy and Oil, Mohieddin Mohamed Saeed, confirmed that the cost of rehabilitating the destroyed oil sector is estimated at about 5 billion dollars, and the destruction of oil facilities during the war led to a significant decline in production, causing the loss of about 7 million barrels of oil.

Official reports indicate that the attacks targeted several oil fields in the states of West Kordofan and Darfur, causing 10 fields to go out of production, in addition to pipelines and power stations being severely damaged.

The minister added that the Al-Jili refinery, which is considered one of the most important refineries in Sudan, suffered severe damage to oil warehouses and company offices, which led to the cessation of its production and major financial losses estimated at millions of dollars daily.

Sudan relies heavily on South Sudan’s oil transportation revenues, which were cut off by the Rapid Support Forces by controlling vital sites along the pipeline, which led to the cessation of pumping and Sudan incurring huge financial losses.

According to economic experts, the continuation of the war and the expansion of the destruction in the oil sector threatens to plunge Sudan into an economic spiral from which it cannot escape easily, which requires urgent intervention to stop the economic collapse and rebuild the destroyed infrastructure.

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