May 25, 2014 / 7:59 AM / in 3 years

South Sudan says May oil output down by a third from Dec

NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan’s oil production stands at 165,000 barrels per day (bpd), down by a third compared with December before fighting erupted, the oil minister said on Saturday.

A worker holds a cup of heavy oil before it is shipped to the market at the Cenovus Energy Christina Lake Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) project 120 km (74 miles) south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Todd Korol

“The output is 165,000 barrels per day. This is compared to 245,000 barrels per day in December 2013,” Petroleum Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau told Reuters by telephone.

Dau said all the oil was being pumped from Paloch - the site of an oil complex and crude oil processing facility in the north of the country near the border with Sudan, which hosts the sole pipeline export route.

In March, South Sudan’s oil production was 160,000 bpd.

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