By Taziz Hasairi
Tripoli, 4 December 2013:
There are reports that the Amazigh Supreme Council meeting this evening has brokered a deal to . . .[restrict]lift the blockade on the pipeline carrying gas from the Wafa field in western Libya to the Mellitah gas processing plant near Zuwara.
A source close to the talks in Tripoli to the Libya Herald that the Council had persuaded the Amazigh who had blocked the pipeline, to end their action. It is expected that a formal announcement of the move will be made by the Supreme Council at the Rixos Hotel in the capital at noon tomorrow.
The pipeline has been closed for over a month, cutting off all gas supplies to the key Ruwais power station, forcing power cuts in the Western region. The closure also slashed the amount of gas that could be sold to Italy via the Greenstream transMediterranean pipeline. A NOC official told this paper ten days ago that a pumping station 50km south of Nalut close to the Tunisian border had been damaged.