• Protesters had demanded jobs at Sirte Oil Company
  • Sirte Oil is based in Brega and operates under the state-owned National Oil Company
  • Libya’s energy sector has been plagued by protests since the country’s 2011 revolution

Libya’s Irda gas field has resumed production after the end of a blockade at the oil and gas port of Brega, according to Libya’s state-owned National Oil Company (NOC).

“We have reached an agreement with the protesters to end their strike,” a spokesman for Libya’s Sirte Oil told the news agency Reuters.

Sirte Oil is based in Brega and operates under the NOC.

Protesters had demanded jobs at Sirte Oil Company and had prevented workers from entering the company’s headquarters.

Previously NOC had warned that the nearby Sahel gas field would also be forced to close if the blockade at Brega continued.

The two fields have a combined capacity of 150 million cubic feet of gas a day.

Libya’s oil and gas sector has been plagued by protests and shutdowns since the country’s 2011 revolution, with armed groups using blockades of oil infrastructure as leverage to demand financial benefits and political concessions from Tripoli.

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