protest on Saturday at the giant El Sharara oilfield
shut down the facility, engineers and a tribal spokesman
Saturday, although it was not immediately
clear if output had
A field engineer said crude was still flowing, while two
other engineers said the field was apparently being shut down.
A spokesman for the tribesmen, who were protesting to demand
more development for their communities, said they had closed the
field located in south Libya.
"El Sharara is closed. We had given authorities a deadline
but we got no response," said Mohammad Maighal, spokesman for
the group that calls itself the Fezzan Anger Movement.
Fezzan is the historic name of the southern region to which
the ElSharara oilfield belongs.
The field, which usually pumps about 300,000 barrels per
day, has been repeatedly threatened by tribesmen asking for
better health and other state services for poor, desert region.
Closing down an oilfield takes time so there was no final
confirmation whether the wells had been turned off.
The state oil firm NOC usually tries to avert such action
NOC was not immediately available to comment.
(Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli and Ahmed Elumami
Writing by Ulf Laessing
Editing by Edmund Blair)
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