By Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty on assignment in Zurwarah, Libya
Drive west from Tripoli along the Mediterranean coast for an hour an a half and youll see it in the distance: the gas flare at the Mellitah Oil & Gas Companys massive processing plant in Zuwarah.
Just a few weeks ago rebels and Gadhafi loyalists were shooting it out right down the road. Houses and stores are scarred with blackened holes where shells hit.
The complex, which processes and exports crude oil, natural gas, condensed gas and other products, survived intact but the last export of crude oil was in March. Most of the Libyan workers were scared off by the fighting and foreign workers pulled out en masse.
Some natural gas https://www.allied.com/ still is flowing to nearby power plants but gas exports to Europe stopped shortly after the revolution began. By the waters edge you can see the gas pipeline behind http://themovingcompany.net/ a fence, curving down like the crook of an arm and disappearing into the earth. From here it stretches 330 miles under the Mediterranean Sea to Sicily, providing gas for Italy. The company is hoping it can restart gas supplies before the European winter sets in.
In Tripoli, at the headquarters of Mellitah Oil & Gas, we meet Najmi moving furniture M. Karim, the new chairman, appointed just a few days ago. Hes moving into his new office at company headquarters.
"The biggest challenge for us is to get back to production levels before events. This is our target, Karim said.
Events is one of the words Libyans now use to refer to the uprising of February 17th. FULL POST