Libya’s crude oil output decreased by 70,000 barrels per day (b/d) due to halting production at the El Feel oil field on February 24th, Xinhuanet reported.

The company operating El-Feel oil field stopped output after its armed guards occupied the facility in protest against unpaid wages, a source told Bloomberg.

Most of the field’s workers were evacuated, after the protesting guards threatened escalation if their demands were not met.

“A team of senior negotiators and officials of the (National Oil) Corporation asked the protesters to stay in their positions pending a final agreement, but the protesters refused,” Mellitah Oil and Gas Company, which is the company operating the field, stated.