By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 9 June 2017:
Libya’s largest oilfield, Sharara, in the south west of the country, has reopened after a short strike by workers angry at the death of a colleague on Tuesday night, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said today.
The announcement came after NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla perfomed some quick mediation work to end the strike. At an emergency meeting yesterday morning with top management of oilfield operator Akakus Oil he ordered a review of the provision of ambulance services and medical help for employees. Then, meeting Obari Mayor Ahmed Al Murtadi, and Obari Hospital manager Mansour Aljundi, who had been flown in for the occasion, he spoke of support from the NOC for the local community.
The workers went on strike when a colleague drowned after he fell into a pool. They were angry over the apparent delay of an air ambulance and lack of safety measures enforced by management.
An NOC statement said the oil wells were being reopened and production was expected to return to normal levels within three days.
Prior to the strike, Sharara was pumping out around 270,000 barrels a day (b/d), a significant proportion of the 835,000 b/d Libya is now producing.