Search on
News Title
News Details
Reports/Directory
Glossary
Title_head
Libya refinery resumes operations
285 times viewed.
Tuesday, 04 Dec 2012
EmailButton
Pdf_button
coming-soon

Western Libya's main refinery resumed operations yesterday after protesters shut it down for a day.

Mr Essam Al Muntasir of the Zawiya Oil Refining Company said that employees were able to resume work and fuel trucks were able to leave the refinery. Employees have gone back inside the refinery and are beginning the process of starting up the machinery. Fuel tanks are also able to enter and exit the refinery to transport fuel.

A large crowd of war veterans demanding government compensation prevented employees from entering the refinery on Thursday and fuel tanks from leaving.

Mr Al Muntasir said that the demonstrators were wounded veterans demanding to be sent abroad for treatment. A similar protest in early November forced the refinery to shut down for two days, hitting fuel supplies in the capital.

Panicking Tripoli residents formed long queues at petrol stations to fill up their tanks on Wednesday night after hearing the news of the latest protest. A number of protests outside refineries have posed a significant challenge to Libya's new government which is dependent on oil for most of its revenue. The administration is still struggling to impose order on a vast and divided country awash with arms and militias after the overthrow of Muammar Gadaffi last year.

Mr Al Muntasir said that the veterans were persuaded to end their protest after members of the ruling national assembly and Zawiya's local council intervened. He refused to say what guarantees if any had been given to the refinery to prevent further disruption. We are working on a solution with Zawiya security, but cannot give details at the moment.

Source – Trade Arabia

(www.steelguru.com)

This is alternative content.

/
Arcelor
Middle East News