WorldOil South Sudan oil outlook hinges on shaky peace deal, WoodMac says South Sudan’s optimism about restoring oil output to 350,000 bpd depends on the success of a recent peace deal and both are unlikely, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd. South Sudan resumes output in key oil area after five-year halt South Sudan restarted crude production in a key oil region almost five years after facilities were shuttered by civil war. South Sudan oil field becomes battleground in civil war as economy reels After 17 months of civil war spanning a swathe of South Sudan bigger than Syria, President Salva Kiir’s survival may hinge on the fate of a single oil field. Paloch in Upper Nile state, the only region still pumping crude in a nation with sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest reserves, has re-emerged as the rebels’ prime target.