Hundreds of rioting workers damaged a liquefied natural gas export terminal being built in south-eastern Yemen and set fire to cars and a helicopter belonging to the facility, security sources said.
The sources and witnesses said yesterday’s incident saw about 400 workers protest against the alleged defilement of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, by a French engineer at the facility.
The LNG project in Belhaf is being led by France’s Total
The Yemen LNG project, one of the main growth projects for the French energy giant, is due to start by the end of 2008 with two trains and produce 6.7 million metric tones a year.
According to Reuters, the security sources said the Yemeni army had intervened to calm the violence and had evacuated the French engineer at the centre of the row.
(Upstream Online)