Libyan oil production has once again fallen hostage to the demands of striking workers, whose industrial action has more than halved output in a country where government authority is fast eroding.

Operations at the 340,000 b/d Sharara field ceased on 27 October, as workers demanded increased wages and improved health and safety measures. At the same time, strikes shut down the Mellitah export terminal. (CONTINUED - 737 WORDS)