An armed group yesterday threatened to close down Libya’s El-Feel oilfield in protest against delayed wages.
The group, which comes from Libya’s Tebu ethnic minority, gave the country’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) four days to pay their salaries or face a permanent showdown of the field. It was understood that an NOC delegation was on its way to the field to negotiate with the group’s commanders.
The protest risks undermining the recovery of the country’s oil production which had last month reached a 4.5 year high (1) of 1.083 million barrels per day.
El-Feel has a capacity of 90,000 bpd and is operated by a joint venture between Italy’s Eni and Libya’s Mellitah Oil and Gas.