Bahrain's Bapco sees fall in oil production

Reuters, Sunday 20 Mar 2011

State-owned firm cites maintenance work, others mention labour shortages due to unrest

The chief executive of Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) announced on Sunday that the state-owned firm's oil production had fallen to 190,000 barrels per day (bpd) from its full capacity of 260,000 (bbp) due to maintenance work at a major refinery.

Trade sources said on Thursday that the refinery closed partly because of labour shortages due to political unrest in the kingdom.

Bapco president, Faisal Mohammed Al-Mahroos, told Reuters by telephone, "We have 80 per cent of the labour force attending .. we have made shipments from our harbour over the weekend."

"We are seeing the largest shut down for maintenance in our history .. we have 190 thousand barrels per day currently available and our port is working as usual," he said.

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