By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 20 July 2014:
Italian oil and gas giant Eni has evacuated 15 members of its Tripoli office by moving them . . .[restrict]out to the offshore Bouri oilfield and then on to Malta and Italy. The maritime exodus took place three days ago, according to the head of Mellitah Oil & Gas Management Operations, Husain Abu Siliana.
“Some 15 Eni employees at the Tripoli office have gone to the Bouri oilfield,” he told the Libya Herald.
Mellitah is a joint venture between Eni and the National Oil Corporation.
“The Eni employees in Tripoli office have left because of the worsening security conditions in and around Tripoli” said Abu Siliana.
Other oil companies, such as Total, have also evacuated staff, by road to Tunisia, as have a number of embassies and international organisations. However, the clashes at Janzour have raised concerns about the safety of the coastal route.
Bouri oilfield is some 130 kilometres north west of the capital and is one the biggest offshore fields in the Mediterranean.
Meanwhile it is reported that production at the El Fil (Elephant) field in Murzuk basin, also operated by Eni and NOC has been reduced because of the latest conflicts in the capital. The field resumed production in June after local members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard called off a strike.