TRIPOLI Jan 8 Libya's eastern Zueitina oil
terminal remains closed, and no crude has been shipped out since
the start of January due to local protests that began in
December, Libyan and trading sources said.
"There are no exports; there are no shipping activities
because oil fields were shut down to avoid any technical
problems," a senior Libyan oil source said.
"There are some discussions and negotiations (with
protesters) that have taken place and are still continuing."
The source said protestors' threats had affected mainly the
shipping of oil rather than gas, because there had been a safe
shutdown of the oil fields pumping to the terminal.
He said a crude shipment had left the terminal around the
end of December. "There was some oil in the tanks," he said,
adding that workers at the terminal were carrying out
Traders said the port has been shut in the past week and
that no crude was being produced because of the demonstrations.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Julia Payne; editing
by Jane Baird)