By Jamal Adel.
Beida, 23 April 2015:
The Sirte Oil Company appears to have won its latest tussle with protestors who had blocked . . .[restrict]their operations, demanding jobs.
A group of jobless ended their three-week occupation of the company’s offices near Brega and did not carry out their threat to obstruct the flow of gas from Sirte Oil’s largest gas field, the Istiklal (Independence). No promises of work were given by the company, which said that it simply did not need extra people. As it is salaries for t existing workforce are currently in arrears.
The occupation of the offices meant that all administrative work came to a halt. An emergency SOC board meeting warned that the gas field operations might have to be halted. This would have cut off the feed stock to the Zuetina refinery as well as to the 1,200 megawatt North Benghazi power station.
An executive there, Rafa Gaderbou, told the Libya Herald that had that happened, no electricity could have been generated. As it was, there had been some disruption to gas supplies, but the station had been able to manage because of the reduced demand that came with the Spring.
The blockading of a range of oil facilities by protestors wanting to go on oil company payrolls has been a frequent occurrence. Generally the protestors are unemployed youths.