By Libya Herald reporter.
Tripoli, 8 June 2017:
Sharara oil field has closed as a result of a strike by workers over the drowning of a colleague. They are angry over the apparent delay of an air ambulance called in to try and resuscitate the man after he fell into a pool on Tuesday night.
Prior to the strike, Sharara was pumping out around 270,000 barrels per day (b/d), a significant proportion of the 835,000 b/d Libya was producing this week.
A commission has been set up to investigate why it took so long for the air ambulance to arrive. The National Petroleum Corporation has sent its condolences to the family.
Sharara reopened last December after two years closure but was shut and reopened twice since then. The most recent reopening was in April when the NOC reach a deal wuth Zintani elders together with Petroleum Facilities Guard to reopen the valves on the pipiline from Sharara.