8 September

A Covid-19 outbreak has forced two affiliates of Libya’s National Oil (NOC) to suspend some operations. According to a Reuters report, Zawiya, a refinery located west of Tripoli, closed offices temporarily and placed 10% of its employees on emergency leave. AGOCO in eastern Libya also suspended all works for 30 days except for essential industrial safety works. This comes when the number of Covid-19 cases has surged in the country recently.

Jordan is set to resume crude oil imports from neighbouring Iraq, a programme which was earlier suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic. According to a Bloomberg report, the shipments of around 10,000 barrels a day will recommence from this month and will meet around 7% of Jordan’s requirements. The import was suspended last month as pandemic worsened.

More than hundred Oil India (OIL) employees were infected with Covid-19 and have recovered, news agency PTI reported citing sources familiar with the matter. The employees, which also include senior executives, were infected by the disease when they were in Tinsukia last month to restrict a massive fire at the Baghjan gas field. All employees but one have now tested negative for the disease.