South Sudan has announced tenders for the environmental audit of its oilfields, in accordance with the Petroleum Act of 2012 that oversees the oil sector in the country. This comes before the country’s licensing round of 14 new oil blocks, scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.
The 2012 Petroleum Law requires businesses, including contractors and sub-contractors, to acquire materials, equipment, machinery and consumer goods produced in the local market, so long as they are of the same or “approximately the same” quality, available for sale and delivery in a timely manner, and no more than 10% more expensive than the foreign-produced equivalent.
The organisation that wins the tender will, therefore, be required to recommend best practices for new exploration, in addition to ways to repair the historical damage such as pollution brought about by oil exploration.
Tender prequalification documents can be obtained at the Ministry of Petroleum’s headquarters in Juba, and from its website. The documentation will be available from 13th till 20th January. Documents will then need to be submitted by 4pm on 20th January.
The oil sector has risen to become the dominant source of revenue for South Sudan, producing about 180,000 barrels per day.