By John Lee.
The southern brigade of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) has reportedly stopped pumping at the Gulf field and the Al Wafa field because the government has not paid the funds needed to maintain security operations.
Commander Mohammad Ahmad Alkhbasha told Reuters:
"There are about six oilfields under our guards' control and we have stopped the pumping of crude oil from Gulf and Al Wafa oilfields. But gas will be continued [to be produced as normal] from Al Wafa."
Wafa usually produces around 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light oil condensate, in addition to gas for Mellitah port, jointly run with Italy's ENI.
The southern oil guard brigade controls Al Wafa, Gulf, Al-Khamsa, El-feel [El Fil, Elephant], El-Sharara, and Senawang oilfields, and a number of wells and pipelines. El Feel and El Sharara had already been closed.