By Sami Zaptia.
London, 15 July 2018:
Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that a group of unidentified gunmen stormed the Sharara oilfield’s station 186 yesterday morning. It confirmed reports that four employees were kidnapped by the attackers and that two were subsequently released. It did not confirm the nationality of the employees.
The NOC said that it is currently liaising with the relevant authorities to resolve this problem and ensure the safety of staff.
The Sharara oilfield is operated by Akakus Oil Operations, a joint venture between the NOC, France’s Total, Spain’s Repsol, Norway’s Statoil and Austria’s OMV. As a precautionary measure, the NOC announced that the oil wells in the adjacent areas were also shut down and all other workers were evacuated.