2010 Drilling Season Going Full-bore

Dep Tuany and team have completed the first Water for Sudan well in the Upper Nile region, in Mathiang Boriak-Malow Village, and will be drilling next in Uleng villages in Maiwut county.


Ater Thiep and team first drilled in Wau town in Western Bahr-al-Ghazal State, then moved outside of Wau and finished their second well in Warrap state.  They have since finished their seventh well.

Salva Dut has been managing supply chains, vendor relationships, and supervising various repairs, to keep both teams running as efficiently as possible.

Communication from our teams in Southern Sudan is sporadic, but here is a chronological set of updates starting on Christmas Day 2009.


December 25, 2009


From Board member John Turner - relaying a phone update from Salva Dut

Merry Christmas to All,

This morning at 7 the phone rang with mostly great news...the bad first...Salva is feeling awful with up and down intestinal events. I am sure he is exhausted because this is what he has accomplished.

Salva is in Wau having brought the huge trailer from Kampala with 25 sets of pumps and various casings and stored them in our compound. The out-of-service truck has been fully repaired and Team A with the trailer rig is set to start drilling in two days.  I'm sure that this is the "tip of the iceberg" on what he has been doing.

Salva wished all of us a Merry Christmas...I said the same from us and gave him our congratulations and to get all the rest he can.


December 29, 2009


Dear all,

I apologize to all of you for not sending you a Merry Christmas email. Happy late Merry Christmas and New Year. I didn't get a chance to celebrate Christmas this year because I was a little bit sick with diarrhea, fever and vomiting. I had medicines and I am now really good.

These photos are for Team A preparation to begin 2010 drilling season.  The big blue truck delivered the Team A supplies.  They are ready to go. I am in there too in the middle bent down.


I was busy setting up Team A in Wau while I was waiting for Ater to take over and then I can concentrate fully with Team B. The whole supplies reached Team A including pipes and casings.

Team A started drilling yesterday in Wau town and they will move outside of Wau when they finish that first well.

The bad news for them is that their welding generator broke down completely after we fixed it with hope that will last this season. They need another welding generator which will cost about $3,000 US. I need approval on that. They can't do much without welding generator because the break down is constant and they need it as soon as possible.

Blessings, Salva Dut


January 7, 2010


Dear all,

Team A finished their second well today. Now they drilled 2 wells within 2 weeks and I hope they will continue like that without break down. They just need welding generator and hopefully they will move on smoothly.

One well was drilled in Wau area which is Western Bahr-al-Ghazal State. The second, I think was drilled in Warrap state in a village call Manyiel.

Thanks and blessings, Salva Dut


January 28, 2010


Dear all,

I just talked with Dep few minutes ago. They are in a place called Mathiang or Longochok. He said they will start drilling tomorrow right in Mathiang. They will go from there to Maiwut, Ulang and Nasir.

Blessings, Salva Dut


February 12, 2010


Dear all,

I just arrived to Gambella, Ethiopia few hours ago looking for spare parts. Hopefully we will be back after two days. Team A is going to finish well number 7 and hopefully things will continue well with them.

Thank you very much and God bless, Salva Dut



February 25, 2010


Hello there Team Water for Sudan,

It has been such a long time without access to internet to send updates and some of the photos for your review of drilling. This is the number one borehole drilled in Mathiang Boriak-Malow Payam or village.  We're moving all equipment to Uleng villages.

Yours, Dep Tuany