The Government of the Republic of Southern Sudan has extended the deadline for the submission of documentation for the comprehensive environmental audit of all the country’s oilfields by seven days. The deadline is now 16h00, 27 January 2020.

The Environmental Tender Audit Committee in a statement said that the extension was in response to the call for an extension of the deadline by some companies as well as the amount of interest shown so far in the process.

Recall that on the 9th of January, 2020, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan announced a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all its producing oilfields.

The Ministry of Petroleum made prequalification documents available to interested companies from its Juba headquarters, and its website. 

The Ministry said it’s “treating this process as both very important and urgent. The Petroleum Act of 2012, which governs the oil sector in South Sudan, aims to improve management of the environmental impact of the sector after years of neglect prior to independence.

“The civil war also prevented proper management of the environment.

Also, President Salva Kiir has made it clear that the country needs to implement proper environmental standards and guidelines “to safeguard the exploration and exploitation in the extractive industry that has led to pollution in the oilfields and in the surrounding areas.”

Kiir said that environmental policies, standards and guidelines need to be formulated and enforced.

According to the Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Awow Daniel Chuang, understanding the pollution damage will allow the country to put systems in place to prevent further damage as the country increases oil production.

The statement further stated that an international independent organization would be appointed to conduct the audit, suggest best practices for new exploration, and propose methods to repair historical environmental damage in South Sudan.

Tender pre-qualification documents for conducting a Full Environmental Audit will be available during office hours at the Ministry of Petroleum’s headquarters in Juba, and from its website The documentation is available until 27 January 2020. 

Peace Obi

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