PetroMasila oil company suspends work in occupied Shabwah following warnings by Sana’a against further looting of oil

PetroMasila oil company suspends work in occupied Shabwah following warnings by Sana’a against further looting of oil

Masila Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (PetroMasila) has announced that exploration and production of oil in its oil fields in Shabwah province, eastern Yemen had been suspended.

The company said in a statement that it had halted exploration operations in the Jannah field in Usaylan district, as well as oil production and pumping operations through the pipeline linking to the Naqaa reservoirs.

The statement confirmed that production had stopped in the Jannah field, which was controlled by the American Hunt Company, due to the fullness of the tanks in Al-Nashima port, which were supposed to be emptied last week.

This came after warnings launched by the Sana’a government, calling on foreign companies to stop looting and tampering with the oil wealth of the eastern provinces of Yemen.

In the past two days, Petromasila Company has suspended export operations from its oil fields in Hadhramaut, for the same reasons.

The French company, Total, had earlier announced the suspension of exports from the Balhaf gas facility in Shabwah, following the Yemeni warnings to foreign companies looting petroleum wealth.

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