By Ayman Majid.
Benghazi, 25 July 2015:
The airport servicing Nafoura oilfield is again operating after being closed for more than a year . . .[restrict]because of protests mainly by job seekers from nearby the nearby oasis town of Jakharra.
Two planes landed yesterday, one from Mitiga, the other from Labraq. A weekly service to and from Tobruk will also restart. As well as the oil industry the small airport serves the residents of Jakharra, Jalu and Awjila in central Cyrenaica.
When it closed a year ago, it had been operating for just one year, having been closed down for the previously four, initially for maintenance works but then because these were disrupted by the revolution.
Production at Nafoura, resumed in May after stoppages totalling eight months – partly because of unpaid wages to Petroleum Facilities Guards and partly, again, over local demands for jobs.
The oilfield, operated by Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), can produce 60,000 barrels a day and has two pipelines: one to Ras Lanuf terminal, the other to Zueitina. [/restrict]