During Lundin’s time in Block 5A, we made a number of investments in infrastructure to facilitate operations, which also benefitted the local population. The main contractor for the different infrastructure projects was a Sudanese construction company.
Rubkona base camp
Lundin constructed a base camp adjacent to an airstrip in Rubkona during the first months of 2000. When Lundin sold its interest in Block 5A to Petronas in 2003, the base camp was taken over by Petronas.
Refurbishment of the Rubkona airstrip
In the autumn of 2000, a Government-owned airstrip in Rubkona was upgraded to make it possible to transport the consortium’s operational personnel and equipment into Block 5A, particularly during the wet season.
All-weather road from Rubkona to Thar Jath
To transport heavy equipment to the rig site located 75 kilometres from the airstrip in Rubkona, there was a need for a new road that could be used throughout the year. Construction of the road began in 2000. Upon its completion, many people actually moved closer to the road because of the benefits of transportation and it was frequently used by the local population as it provided a direct access to the market in Rubkona and to Bentiu where many of the humanitarian organisations were based.
Bridge over the Bahr el Ghazal River at Rubkona
To facilitate transport of people and equipment from the Rubkona base camp to the new all-weather road, a permanent river crossing was built in early 2000 just south of Rubkona. A pontoon solution was chosen because it would not disrupt the water flows or have an impact on the fish stock. This bridge provided a safe and easy passage between Rubkona, Bentiu and the Block 5A area and was regularly used by the local population and NGOs.
Water along the all-weather road
Lundin installed water tanks along the all-weather road, as well as in numerous villages in the area, along with providing daily deliveries of water to these tanks. In addition, Lundin drilled six deepwater wells, repaired a further ten wells and constructed water filtration units for the benefit of local villages.