Railway: A Better Option than Pipeline for South Sudan
Author: Samuel Nyuon Akoi Nyuon
Organization: The Sudd Institute
Type: Policy Briefs
The frustration over the impasse in the negotiations with Sudan, and the urgent desire to rescue the economy are understandable. However, this should not cloud the nation’s vision for long-term investment dealing with the oil sector. Caution and thoughtfulness need to be exercised when it comes to deciding an alternative way of exporting South Sudan’s oil. Crude oil can be transported in many ways: over land through a pipeline, by train, or by truck. To some extent, oil could even be transported on river barges. For South Sudan, all the aforementioned options are worth considering, and railway may turn out to be the most attractive of these.