|Norway: South Sudan Pipelines Plans Unrealistic, an Agreement Must be Reached|
| [24.02.2012, 10:22pm, Fri. GMT]|
|The Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim said that South Sudan plans to establish a pipeline to transport its oil to Kenya or Djibouti to end its reliance on Sudan with respect to oil industry are currently unrealistic, a matter which manifests the need to reach an agreement with Khartoum pertaining oil transit fees. " The oil pipelines projects take longer time than that originally planned for. I see a few international figures that deem this project feasible in the short run." he added During his current visit to Khartoum he added that the more realistic option is represented in reaching a compromise to use the pipeline that extends currently from the South to the North, nevertheless another solution to be studied in the long run.|
Norway is setting forth consultations for both the Sudan and South Sudan regarding oil industry development.
In response to an enquiry if Juba is capable of establishing an oil pipeline that extends to Kenya coasts in eleven months as it has been alleged, he said that this is a very optimistic thinking. Juba had signed a memorandum of understanding with Djibouti and Ethiopia to establish another pipeline but no companies' names were released yet for both projects.
The Norwegian minister said in a press release after meeting Presidentail Assistant, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, that he had informed the latter about the arrangements and contribution of his country in the Sudan Support International Conference which would be held in Turkey next March. He added that he had discussed with Dr. Nafie South Sudan and Sudan negotiations regarding the outstanding issues and relationships between the two countries.