Cash-strapped South Sudan expects to restart oil production in December, almost one year after a row with Sudan led it to shut down the oil that provided nearly all the government's revenue, officials said Tuesday.
The closure had sparked fears the fledgling country's economy would collapse.
“The ministry of petroleum and mining expects production of Dar Blend (oil) to begin in December, with the first payments possibly received in January,” deputy finance minister Marial Awou Yol told reporters.
However, full production - using other pipelines with different oil types - was not expected to resume until June 2013, he added.
Juba recently reached an agreement with Sudan over how much it should pay to export crude through Sudan, ending a bitter row over fees that led to a complete shut-down of production in January, and escalated into a border conflict months later.