By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 4 February 2015:
Italian and Libyan gas supplies will be sharply affected if, as normally reliable reports suggest, the . . .[restrict]Wafa field has just been shut down and foreign staff flown to Malta.
The evacuation is said to be in response to Monday’s assault on the Mabruk field in which four Petroleum Facility Guards were killed.
It is understood that foreign staff at Wafa were evacuated today from the field’s desert airstrip by a Maltese aircraft, which normally supports oil field operations. It is not know how many oil workers took the flight to Malta’s Luqa airport.
The Wafa gas field, 500 miles inland near the Algerian border supplies gas to the treatment and compressor plants at Mellitah. Around 80 percent of production is sent to Italy via the Greenstream pipeline while the rest is used to feed to turbines in the 900MW capacity Ruwais power station, which supplies electricity to much of western Libya