By Ayman Amzein.
Benghazi, 13 November, 2015:
Two oil storage tanks at the Abu Tifl field, south east of Jalu and some 300 . . .[restrict]kilometres south of Benghazi, were badly damaged in a fire today. However, according to NOC in the east, the fire was brought under control.
It said that the blaze was the result of technical problems.
The field operated by Mellitah Oil and Gas, NOC’s joint venture between Italy’s Eni, had an average production of 70,000 b/d before the revolution. This went to 32,000 b/d when production was restarted after it. However, it was then stopped when Ibrahim Jadhran closed the eastern oil terminals; Abu Tifl feeds into Zuweitina terminal.
The field, Eni’s first major oil discovery in the 1960s, hit the headlines a year ago when protestors from the Jalu area blockaded it for six weeks demanding jobs. [/restrict]