By Jamal Adel.
Beida, 5 May 2015:
The gas pipeline connecting Zueitina Oil Company’s fields and the Zueitina terminal has been forcibly closed.
“Libyan . . .[restrict]job seekers shut down the pipeline connected from the oil and gas fields to Zueiitna port,” the spokesman in Tripoli of the National Oil Corporation NOC, Mohammed Al-Harari, said.
The protestors, from the local area, had not forced the terminal to shut, he said. However, although the terminal has capacity for over half a million barrels of liquid butane and propane, he indicated that it would not be operating while the pipeline was closed because of a knock-on-effect on export schedules and arrangements.
“The exports shall be resumed when the pipeline is reopened,” he said.
The terminal is supplied by fields 29, Zelah, Al-Sabah, Al-Fida, Al-Kaheem and Amal.
Zueitina Oil Company is joint-venture between the NOC and Occidental of the US and Austria’s OMV. It produces average some 50,000 barrels of gas cube.
The gas pipeline closure has not yet had an effect on electricity production in the region. Gas powers Benghazi North and Zweitina power stations. [/restrict]