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Both Sudans pay high price for output shut-in

In a bid to force Sudan's hand in talks over oil infrastructure access, in February South Sudan halted all its production. The shut-in is still in place and both countries are suffering as revenues dry up

Nearly six months into an oil production shutdown by South Sudan, there is still no indication of when production could resume, despite the economic hardship the shut-in is causing both in Africa's newest state and in Sudan, the northern state it seceded from last year. Around three-quarters of production of 500,000 barrels a day (b/d) from the former united Sudan came from provinces which became part of the new state of South Sudan in July last year. Until independence on 9 July, oil revenues were split evenly between north and south. That deal ended with independence. Since then, the African Union (AU) has been attempting to broker an agreement between the two. However the government of

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