Figure 1 Norwagian minister of Energy Hon Terje Aasland

Norway, Iraq Propose Energy Cooperation with South Sudan

Norwegian energy minister Hon. Terje Aasland and his Iraqi counterpart Hon. Ihsan Abdul Jabber have called for energy cooperation among Europe, Middle East and East Africa in their video addresses during South Sudan oil and power conference on Tuesday.

“As policymakers, our most important task is to improve energy security by making it robust enough to meet an ever-changing world,” said Aasland.

There is need for the world to close gaps in energy access and energy transition and this can be achieved through global cooperation,Aasland continued.

“We must all do our part. Norway will remain a stable and predictable supplier of energy to international markets, and we shall continue to develop our resources within both petroleum and renewables,” he listed.

He added that Norway which represents a valuable model for integrated energy development and key European supplier of oil and gas to the world market is already in a strategic partnership with South Sudan in the struggle for peace and sustainable development efforts.

The Norwegian Minister identified a clear policy framework as one of the keys to raising bilateral energy cooperation and workable energy growth between Norway and South Sudan.

He noted that South Sudan’s oil plans need to exploit investment and focus on fields with high gas obtainability to supply the local market and reduce oil consumption.

“South Sudan has both energy and mineral resources, and a good basis in existing legislation. Your oil revenues have the potential to benefit the entire population, if governance and transparency in the sector are strengthened,” he said.

The minister advised that opportunity platforms must be built in partner countries and regions while reducing emissions and developing technology towards a sustainable future energy.

Figure 2 Iraqi Minister of Energy Hon Abdul Jabber

Figure 2 Iraqi Minister of Energy Hon Abdul Jabber

In the same way, Iraqi energy minister Abdul Jabber says his country which is forth in oil production in the whole world with nearly 4.6 million barrels of daily production has vast onshore expertise that could help transform South Sudan’s oil industry.

Like South Sudan, Iraq has been seeking to balance hydrocarbon development with its campaign to reduce carbon emissions, in light of both energy security and energy transition concerns, said the minister.

“The world’s eyes are turning to energy producers. Global power demand is projected to grow by 50% by 2040, which means that it is imperative that energy is affordable, even in complex and dynamic environments,” he continued.

He said South Sudan’s oil plans need to maximize investment and focus on fields with high gas availability to supply the local market and reduce oil consumption.

Then minister dyed the role of technology, knowledge and sharing of best practices in empowering countries like South Sudan – which grips the third-largest oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa – to yoke their hydrocarbon possessions.

“Technology development can assist in securing energy by eliminating emissions from oil consumption and improving efficiency, Iraq has a wide range of oil exploration capacity and knowledge that can be shared with our friends in South Sudan,” he concluded.

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