Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

South Sudan Says Total Ready to Start Oil Exploration in Jonglei

Total SA has agreed to begin oil exploration in the South Sudanese state of Jonglei where it holds a concession, the newly independent nation’s chief negotiator said.

“Total has already committed themselves to start the exploration this year, actually this month,” Pagan Amum told reporters today in the capital, Juba. The media desk at Total’s offices in Paris said a spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Total holds a 32.5 percent stake in Block B, which covers most of Jonglei, an eastern state bordering Ethiopia that has been wracked by tribal violence. The United Nations said more than 1,000 people were killed in battles between the Murle and Lou Nuer ethnic groups in 2011.

South Sudan took control of about three-quarters of Sudan’s output of 490,000 barrels a day when it gained independence from its northern neighbor in July. The crude is pumped mainly by China National Petroleum Corp., Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. and India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd.

In December, Total’s chief executive officer, Christophe de Margerie, said that South Sudan and Uganda could share a pipeline to transport oil to the Indian Ocean, either to the Kenyan or Tanzanian coast.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.