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(Image courtesy of Total Yemen)

Total said it was forced to shut down operations at Yemen’s Block 10 oil field due to strike action called by the local Block 10 Labor Union on January 28.

“Due to the strike, the company had no option but to unfortunately shutdown the operations to ensure the safety of all personnel and facilities,” Total said in a statement.

Total requested to maintain minimum operations in order to ensure enough supply of gas to the power plant operated by the Yemen Public Electricity Corporation (PEC).

PEC provides electricity for the inhabitants of Hadramout in eastern Yemen.

Total’s  Yemen operations accounted for about 2.8 percent of the company’s global oil and gas production in 2012.