November 1, 2017 / 10:58 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-Libyan protesters shut down 40,000 bpd of Wintershall output -engineer

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BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Protesters have shut down 40,000 barrels per day from oilfields in the concession areas of German firm Wintershall in Libya, an engineer at the field and a statement from protesters said on Wednesday.

The statement from protesters from the town of Ajkhara said they had taken the action because of the failure of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to respond to local demands.

An earlier statement by the protesters had threatened to shut down production because of an alleged lack of execution of development projects submitted by the town council, and a failure to provide jobs for locals as well as medical treatment.

It also threatened to extend the protest to Nafoura field if there was no response to the shutdown on Wintershall concessions.

Oil output in Libya has been repeatedly hampered by protests and armed blockades in recent years, as local groups across the country press financial and other demands.

Production on the Wintershall concessions was disrupted earlier this year by a contract dispute between the company and the NOC.

Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Chris Reese and Sandra Maler

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