By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 4 May 2014:
The General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL) has warned that places from Misrtata to Benghazi face . . .[restrict]power shortages as protestors blockade oilfields near Marada.
GECOL spokesman Lotfi Ghoma told the Libya Herald that if demonstrators continued to prevent gas and fuel supplies from reaching power stations the national grid would be “overwhelmed”. He said the blockades would cause cuts which would eventually have a knock-on effect across large areas of the country.
Sirte Oil Compnay spokesperson Ahmed Al-Sharkasi said demonstrations had continued at Marada, south of Sirte, where blockades began three days ago. “Every so often we hear that they have shut down another oil well or station,” he said. “We have asked the government to make efforts to end the situation,” he added.
Demonstrators, thought to be from the Jalu area and believed to be involved in the local campaign for Jalu, Awjila and Jakharra, currently with a single seat in Congress, to be given a seat each in the new House of Representatives arrived at Raguba oilfield in the Marada area on Thursday. It produces roughly 18,000 barrels per day of oil.
They have since shut nearby oilfields at Zelten, which produces 30,000 barrels per day, and Al-Tahadi, which produces 350 million cubic feet of gas and 35,000 barrels per day. [/restrict]