South Sudan’s oil output is up 40% in the past year to 165,000 b/d as a cooperation agreement with Sudan comes to fruition, Juba claims. The figures may be inflated, but any increase in revenue is a welcome boost to two struggling economies.

A resumption of production from fields in former Unity state in the north of South Sudan has boosted overall output to 165,000 b/d, according to the ministry of petroleum in Juba – a 27% increase from 130,000 b/d in November, and up 40% on...