Gabon’s National Organization of Petrol Employees’ Secretary General, Sylvian Mayabi, confirmed that the country’s sole oil refinery in the commercial city of Port Gentil reopened after five days of closure following the post election violence, African News Reported.
The 21,000b/d Sogara refinery, in which French oil producer Total owns a 43.8% stake, was shut since late August when unrest broke out after President Ali Bongo was declared the election winner, according to Reuters.
The unrest in the west African nation came as the country resumed production in Vaalco Energy’s Avouma 2-H well on the Avouma platform offshore Gabon, with an output of approximately 1,850b/d of oil.
Gabon’s post election violence has reportedly claimed about seven lives with hundreds sustaining injuries. Violence has ceased but Gabonese live in anxiety due to the lack of services, with a possible civil disobedience looming on the horizon.