The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has announced that Al-Sara oilfield’s production in Ajakhara district has dropped to 50.000 barrels per day (pbd) due to protests and a dispute with the German Wintershall Oil Company.
The Chairman of the NOC, Mustafa Sanallah said Thursday in a statement that he was concerned that Wintershall decided to stop production operations without first discussing the step with the NOC, adding that Libya could lose about 3 million dollars a day over the procedure.
“We are clear at the NOC, we don’t give any concessions to the individuals or parties behind the shutdown of oil facilities. Discussions over the support for the local residents in the district of Ajakhara can be held later after the production is restored.” Sanallah indicated.
He also explained that investigations are underway for those who were direct causes for the stoppage of production and the files will be sent to the Attorney General Office, adding that they are aware of the efforts to involve other districts in the protests and the shutdown of the oil production, but they refused as it could lead to more destruction in Libya.
Meanwhile, protesters in Ajakhara shut down last Wednesday oil production in Al-Sara oilfield and accused the NOC of ignoring their demands of development and jobs.