We must push Sudan to pay TFA arrears, says Kang Chol
Ministry of Petroleum has called on the government to aggressively demand the transitional financial arrangement dues from the Sudanese government.
Puot Kang Chol, the minister of petroleum said that South Sudan has paid $3.028 billion since the Khartoum administration demanded the transportation of oil to the international market, but Sudan has yet to honour its responsibility.
“This continuous inland lifting of 28,000 barrels per day of our crude oil has accumulated to the sum of $136 million as of March 2022 which were reconciled and signed by the two countries, and the figure starting from April to October 2022 stands at $310 million, making an average monthly inland lifting of about $30 million per month,” he said.
“This amount of $310 million is yet to be reconciled and signed by both countries. This means the total figure starting from March 2022 to October 2022 amounts to $446 million due to the Republic of South Sudan”.
The TFA payment to Sudan had always been made in this manner: the Sudanese government would take 28,000 barrels per day of crude oil as part of the inland lifting, and reconciliation would be done on a monthly basis.
Puot said several efforts by the ministry of petroleum to engage Sudan, both in Juba and Khartoum, did not yield any fruits. He said both countries disagreed on a new arrangement that required that South Sudan pay for transportation, processing, and transit fees.
He said the aim of Sudan is to maintain the TFA and that Sudan has increased the 28,000 barrels of crude oil unilaterally by 2,000 barrels per day without the consent of the government in Juba.
Puot lamented that the Sudanese ministers of petroleum and presidential affairs came to Juba on the invitation of South Sudan’s presidential advisor to discuss the same issue but that he was blocked from their meeting.
“They did not want me to be part of the meeting because they said I was causing problems between Sudan and South Sudan, which was not my intention. “My intention is to take what is fair to you and leave what is fair to me, and that remains my intention,” he said.
He said the government will form a high-level delegation that will go to Sudan in the first week of December to physically communicate the position and demands of the government of South Sudan.
“We need a message from his excellency the president because this, I must say, is a security matter. “No country can take resources of another country unilaterally.”