Fighting in South Sudan has cut production from the country’s lifeline oilfields by about 29 percent’

KHARTOUM: Fighting in South Sudan has cut production from the country’s lifeline oilfields by about 29 percent, the press secretary to President Salva Kiir said in Khartoum today.

Ateny Wek Ateny said South Sudan is still getting more than 175,000 barrels a day.

That amount is down from 245,000 barrels per day before fighting began in mid-December between forces supporting Kiir and those from a loose alliance of ethnic militia and army defectors loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar.

Ateny did not give a dollar figure for how much revenue the government has lost, and said a true assessment can come only after fighting completely stops.

India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd, a partner in two joint oil production companies in South Sudan, announced on December 26 that the firms had temporarily halted operations there because of deteriorating security.