Libya's Zueitina port resumes work, oilfields still down-source

by Reuters
Monday, 15 July 2013 11:47 GMT

TRIPOLI, July 15 (Reuters) - Operations at Libya's eastern Zueitina port have resumed but so far only oil stored at the terminal is being exported as oilfields remain shut down by striking workers, an engineer said on Monday.

"Export operations resumed as of noon (1000 GMT) and we started to export what was stored at the port," the engineer at the terminal, who declined to be named, told Reuters by phone.

"Workers at the fields have still refused to start work, however due to the power cuts in some cities and because it is Ramadan, some have agreed to produce only gas. Others have not decided yet."

Workers at Zueitina Oil Company last month halted operations at several oilfields and the port, demanding a change in management relating to a dispute over work conditions and salaries. (Reporting by Ghaith Shennib; writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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