The Libyan government will resume the exportation of oil in mid-February through the Zaitina port, which was closed last month following port workers’ protest against low wages and poor working conditions.
Announcing the resumption of oil export from the port, the Manager of the Libyan national oil company, Nouri Belawran, said the first ship load of oil will leave the port in February.
In December last year, workers forced the port management to close the facility, located 800 km from Tripoli, until their demands were fully meet.
Officials said the government had lost revenues which would have accrued from the sale of an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 barrels of oil a day.
Libya’s Oil minister Abdel al-Bari al-Aroussi, was at the port recently to lead successful negotiations between the workers and the government.
The workers have since agreed to resume work.