Libyan Oil Field Closes After Protest

VIENNA - Libya's El Feel oil field was forced to shut temporarily on Thursday as a result of a protest, a delegate for Libya said at a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Friday.

The El Feel field is a joint venture between Libya's National oil company and Italy's Eni SpA.

"It was closed for a few hours, not because of security reasons, but because of a small uprising; people requesting an increase in salaries and this and that," Samir Salem Kamal, Libya's OPEC governor said.

Eni declined to comment.

The governor also played down concerns over security in the country.

"Security is not as bad as you read or as reported. There are a few problems here and there but it's not as bad as everyone is saying," he said.

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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