El Feel Oilfield Closed by Protestors

Production at Libya's major El Feel [El Fil, Elephant] oilfield has been shut down on Thursday, according to  a report from Reuters.

Industry sources told the news agency that production was stopped as a precaution due to protests at the site by local communities.

Around 50 protesters, some armed, have been staging a demonstration at the site, demanding an NOC representative office in the south of the country, as well as jobs for locals and the payment of salaries.

The field, which has a capacity 130,000 bpd, had most recently been operating at about 74,000 bpd. It is operated by Mellitah - a joint venture between Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Italy's Eni.

(Source: Reuters)

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