Eni: Italy-Libya gas pipeline closed for security reasons

Mellitah terminal stops functioning due to protesters

12 November, 11:37

    Libyans workers inspects the natural gas terminal of Mellitah Libyans workers inspects the natural gas terminal of Mellitah

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO - The underwater gas pipeline 'Greenstream' connecting Sicily with Libya's natural gas fields has been closed for security reasons.

    On Monday at around 2 pm local time the major natural gas terminal of Mellitah, located 60 km from Tripoli and operated by Italian energy giant Eni, stopped supplying gas to the Gela station, near Caltanissetta in Sicily, as armed protesters were threatening the safety of personnel operating at the terminal, reportedly including Italian technicians.

    The protesters from Libya's minority Amazigh Berber ethnic group are demanding government attention to cultural and minority issues. Last month, armed militants gained control of the port in Mellitah which serves the industrial terminal jointly run by Eni and the Libyan National Oil corporation (Noc), blocking oil exports.

    Gela is still receiving gas which was still present in the 520-km-long pipeline.

    Once the pipeline is depressurized, the valves at the Sicilian terminal will be closed.

    Eni chief executive Paolo Scaroni had announced five days ago that Libyan supplies could be blocked but said Italy will not have gas supply problems.(ANSAmed).

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