KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Protesters in eastern Sudan have shut down an oil pipeline that carries imported crude oil to the capital Khartoum, but there are enough reserves for the country’s needs for up to ten days, the government said on Saturday. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.
The Khartoum oil refinery, which produces fuel for home consumption, is still operating normally, the ministry added in a statement.
Another pipeline used to export crude oil from neighboring South Sudan is still functioning, but it is vulnerable to freezing and damage as protesters prevent a ship from loading the oil, he said.
Oil depots at the Bashayer oil terminal in eastern Sudan will be fully filled after no more than ten days if the export blockage continues, the ministry said. This in turn would stop production from South Sudan’s oil fields.
Protesters from the Beja tribes in eastern Sudan are closing ports and blocking roads in protest against what they describe as poor political and economic conditions in the region.
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The ministry called on protesters to end the shutdown within a week to spare the country huge financial and technical losses.
(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; written by Mahmoud Mourad; edited by Kirsten Donovan)
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