Cairo: Just as Libya’s government was celebrating daily production returning to 700,000 barrels a day, another strike set in yesterday.
The Wafa gas field in the west of the country, which supplies Italy through the Greenstream trans-Mediterranean pipeline, was shut yesterday afternoon by industrial action.
Workers went on strike demanding better pay, causing acute embarrassment to the government which had been telling international media that the wave of strikes in the nation’s oil, gas and ports sector seen since August was finally on the wane.
At 700,000 barrels a day, Libya is pumping oil and gas at 45% of its capacity, a significant improvement over earlier reports in September where output was half that figure. [30/09/13]