Wage row threatens to close Libyan gas pipe

Security guards in Libya are reportedly threatening to block a gas pipeline to the capital Tripoli (pictured) in a row over wages. It follows a spate of strikes at Libyan […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Security guards in Libya are reportedly threatening to block a gas pipeline to the capital Tripoli (pictured) in a row over wages.

It follows a spate of strikes at Libyan oil fields which have seen the nation’s oil production dwindle to 250,000 barrels of oil per day and oil exports are said to have been affected.

The guards who are members of the Petroleum Protection Force which guards oil sites claim they have not been paid in three months, reported Reuters.

An engineer from Libyan state oil firm Sirte Oil Co told the news agency: “They said they would interrupt the gas pipeline to Tripoli in 48 hours unless the Government paid their salaries.”