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Libya was forced to shut down the Shalala Oilfield
Dec 14, 2018

Libya National Petroleum Corporation said Wednesday that it was forced to shut down the Shalala Oilfield in the South because of external interference.

Li National Petroleum Corporation said in a statement Wednesday that the Salala Oilfield was closed on 9 th of this month because of the threat to the personal safety of its employees.

The statement pointed out that militants in the oilfield site violence against employees of the company, robbery of company property, intervention in oilfield production. The statement stressed that the company would not negotiate with the militants and asked them to withdraw from the oilfield area. The statement also quoted Sanara, the company's president, as saying that the militants had threatened oil production and the country's future.

Shalala Oilfield is the largest oil field in Libya, which is operated jointly by the Libyan National Petroleum Corporation and three foreign-funded enterprises. The closure of the Salara oil field will cut oil production by 310,000 barrels a day and reduce Libya's revenue by tens of millions of dollars a day, Li said.

A group of tribesmen in southern Libya, who called themselves "angry Feizans", forcibly broke into the Salala Oilfield on the 8th to prevent its production. They asked the government to provide better security measures, rebuild towns damaged in the armed conflict and provide financial support to local banks.

After the overthrow of Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya was plunged into secession and turmoil, kidnapping, robbery, armed conflict and terrorist attacks continued to occur, and the security situation was worrying. This year, the Shalala Oilfield has been shut down for safety reasons for several times.


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