A Libyan manager at Mellitah Oil and Gas, a joint venture of Italy’s Eni and Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC), has been kidnapped according to a statement made by colleagues.

On 1 June staff read out statements condemning the abduction of the Mellitah employee Yousef al-Shoumani on Libya’s al-Nabaa television channel and called for better security for oil workers.

It is unclear who is behind the kidnapping.

Eni is the only foreign oil company that has managed to maintain production levels amid the country’s worsening conflict.

Speaking in a conference call on 29 April after the company published its first-quarter results, chief upstream officer Antonio Vella said Eni is currently producing about 300,000 barrels a day (b/d) in Libya.

Before the 2011 uprising, Eni was producing about 280,000 b/d.

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