The Resumption of Oil Production in Ruweng State
The civil war torn country of South Sudan has seen a lot of difficult times over the years. The biggest source of trouble for the country has also been the most profitable aspect of the country’s economy – the oil.
Since the implementation of the latest peace deal between the two opposing forces in the war torn nation of South Sudan, there is a reinvigorated drive to push for more production of oil in the country in order to make up for the lost revenue of over $4 billion that could have otherwise been made.
While from an economical stand point, it may look like one of the best decisions to be made for the fledgling nation of South Sudan but there is a problem there. The simple fact of the matter is that the very conflict in the country arose from the production of oil and the impact that it was making on the environment and the people in the country especially the people of Ruweng State.
South Sudan happens to have the third largest oil reserves in all of Africa. They are planning to renew their drilling in the search for oil since the first time after the oil fields and the equipment was destroyed during the civil unrest back in 2013. The government has a clear and set goal of making all the five facilities operational again by the end of 2018.
There are a lot of moral implications that come along with the resumption of operating the oil production facilities. The argument there is that South Sudan’s economy heavily relies on it production of oil and its large oil reserves in order to keep the economy afloat. The civil unrest saw the destruction of a lot of their oil production capabilities and even worse than that was the fact that tens of thousands of people had died during the conflict.
The peace is still a fragile one and the resumption of oil production can become a possible problem. Considering the fact that the whole process affects the lives of the people of Ruweng in the area where the oil is being extracted, there might be a chance of unrest resuming again.
There is a lot of pressure in trying to ensure that the peace deal holds and that Sudan itself plays a vital role in enforcing the peace. There is a lot of interest being shown by international parties looking to capitalize on the large oil reserves despite the difficult conditions. It remains to be seen how it all plays out in the long run.