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South Sudan’s Army Says Oil Heartland Is Safe From Rebellion

South Sudan’s army says it’s confident it can protect the “heart” of the country’s oil production area from rebel attacks.

Production in the Paloch area in Melut County, Upper Nile State, is secure, Major General Gregory Vasili, an oil defense force commander, said on a tour organized by South Sudanese authorities yesterday. Upper Nile is producing about 200,000 barrels of oil a day and normally accounts for 80 percent of the country’s oil output, said Paul Adong Deng, managing director of the state-own Nile Petroleum Corp, on the tour.