LIBREVILLE Feb 24 Some oil production from
fields in Gabon resumed on Friday despite a continuing strike by
workers, although output remained severely constrained.
Gabon's government sent soldiers to retake control centres
at Maurel et Prom Gabon SA's Onal and Coucal
oilfields, it said in a statement.
But a union spokesman said the strike would continue until a
pay dispute was resolved.
The shutdown has knocked out 28,000 barrels per day of
production in the OPEC member country since Thursday.
By Friday, minimum services had resumed at the sites, which
were running at about 15 percent, a spokesman for the National
Organization of Petroleum Employees said.
French oil company Maurel et Prom Gabon was not immediately
available to confirm the production volumes.
Gabon is Africa's fourth largest oil producer with an output
of around 220,000 barrels per day, dominated by international
oil majors Total and Shell.
(Reporting by Gerauds Wilfried Obangome; Writing by Edward
McAllister; Editing by Alexander Smith)