(Xinhua) -- Sudan government on
Thursday said it secured the release of three foreign oil
workers held by a South Sudanese rebel group since March 19.
The three workers, two Indians and a Pakistani, arrived in the
Sudanese capital Khartoum Thursday.
A Sudanese mediation led to the release of the three workers
who work for the DAR, a joint consortium of China National
Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s Sinopec and Malaysia’s
"At a request by the Indian and Pakistani governments, Sudan,
in complete coordination with the Ethiopian government, has
managed to bring back the two countries’ three citizens who were
seized by South Sudanese opposition groups inside South Sudan,"
said a Sudanese Security Source Thursday.
"Intensive efforts have been made that resulted in the
release of the three workers who arrived in Khartoum Thursday
through Addis Ababa, and have been handed to the Indian and
Pakistani embassies," he noted.
Iyas Hussein Jamal, the released Pakistani worker, told
reporters that "I was arrested on March 19, and received good
treatment from the group which held me. I’m now in good health."
On March 19, South Sudan rebels announced the arrest of three
foreign oil workers.
South Sudan has been witnessing a civil war since 2013 when
fighting erupted between the government army and defectors loyal
to former South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar.
Sudan says faces low
production in oil industry
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
Sudan’s oil industry is facing
difficulties relating low production and depletion of a number
of current oil wells and fields, Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum
and Gas Mohamed Zayed Awad said on Wednesday.
"The oil industry in the country is facing challenges, which
requires developing the human cadres to cope with the great
global transformations in this field," said Awad when addressing
the seventh conference of Sudanese Society for Petroleum
He urged the oil institutions to cope with requirements of
oil industry and change the syllabuses to go in line with the
requirements of the market.
Sudan is seeking to increase its oil production after losing
75 percent of its oil revenues following the separation of South
Sudan in 2011.
Before separation, Sudan’s oil production amounted to 450,000
barrels a day, while it is set at about 120,000 barrels a day