(Adds details on tankers)
TRIPOLI May 27 A brigade from Libya's Petroleum
Facilities Guard has been protesting at the country's Hariga
port to demand salary payments and disrupting operations there,
an official from state-run oil company AGOCO said on Tuesday.
The official said the protest was interrupting work at the
port, where full storage tanks have forced a stoppage of
production at Sarir oilfield and a reduction at Messla oilfield.
"The production of Sarir oilfield is zero because it has
been closed as storage at Hariga oil port is full," a spokesman
for state-run oil firm AGOCO said.
One crude tanker, Alexia, has already been waiting to load
at Hariga port since Thursday last week while another, the
Phoenix Beacon, was expected to arrive later on Tuesday to load
crude, Reuters AIS Live showed and trading sources said.
The Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) at Hariga has been
allied with Ibrahim Jathran, a former rebel commander who
defected from the PFG to take over four oil ports last summer to
demand more autonomy for his region.
Jathran had agreed to lift his blockade steadily under a
deal with the government. But he has since said he does not
recognise a new government appointed by parliament this month,
suggesting the oil deal maybe jeopardised.
A spokesman for Jathran declined to comment on the Hariga
port protest and would not confirm his movement was involved in
any action there.
The port shutout by Jathran's armed fighters and other
protests have cut Libya's output to 160,000 barrels per day from
1.4 million bpd the OPEC country was producing before the
strikes and blockades began.
(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami and Julia Payne; writing by Patrick
Markey, editing by David Evans)