The Mellitah Complex. Image courtesy of Bonatti.

Four Italian construction workers were kidnapped over the weekend near an Eni operated industrial complex in Libya.

According to the Guardian, four workers, all employees of Italy-based construction company Bonatti, were kidnapped on Sunday evening near an Eni owned compound in the Mellitah area.

No group has taken responsibility for the kidnapping.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the AP that intelligence agents are gathering more information about the incident.

Italy’s Eni has not commented on the reports.

According to Bonatti, the Mellitah complex produces 6.66 billion square cubic meters of gas per year for export to Italy.

News of the kidnapping comes only weeks after a Libyan manager for Eni’s Mellitah oil and gas joint venture was kidnapped by an unknown assailant.

Libya’s oil and gas assets have been heavily targeted by two rival governments battling for control of energy rich Libya.

In February, Eni cut the number of expatriates working in offshore Libya as government clashes and terrorist attacks prompted multiple field closures.

Earlier this year, state-owned Eni saw its daily Libyan output has risen above pre-war levels despite ongoing conflicts in the country.

Attacks by suspected members of Islamic State prompted Libya’s state owned oil company to declare a force majeure for 11 oil fields in February after the field’s were found to be non-operational.


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