This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

South Sudan to build Djibouti pipeline

21 February 2012

South Sudan has signed an agreement with Djibouti to build a new oil pipeline, to bypass its northern rival North Sudan which owns the only existing export route.

The plan is to build a pipeline to the port of Djibouti on the Red Sea via neighbouring Ethiopia. It follows an earlier deal with Kenya to link South Sudan’s rich oilfields to the Indian Ocean via a pipeline to the port of Lamu.

The South has been evaluating alternative routes after disagreements with the Khartoum-based regime over oil shipment fees to Port Sudan in the North.

Djibouti, on the Gulf of Aden at entrance to the Red Sea, lies at least a thousand kilometres from South Sudan’s oil fields, and crosses remote areas rife with rebel forces.

Print this page | E-mail this page