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Thu 17 Mar 2011 03:49 PM

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Bahrain's BAPCO partially shuts down crude production

Shortage of staff due to the ongoing protests the cause behind the partial shutdown

Bahrain's BAPCO partially shuts down crude production
PARTIAL SHUTDOWN: BAPCO has partially shut down production due to a staff shortage (Getty Images)

State-owned Bahrain Petroleum Co (BAPCO) has partially shutdown production on Thursday due to staff shortages caused by unrest in the kingdom, trade sources told Reuters.

It was unclear how much output was affected at the refinery which has a capacity of more than 250,000 barrels per day of crude.

"There has been a partial shutdown at BAPCO because of a shortage in staff due to the protests going on," said one Bahrain-based trader.

BAPCO officials were not immediately available for comment.

"If things continue I think we will be seeing a rise in price of products, because at this point we dont know when the staff will return to work," another Bahrain-based trader added.

Bahrain arrested at least six opposition leaders on Thursday, a day after its crackdown on protests by the Shi'ite Muslim majority drew rare U.S. criticism and raised fears of a regional conflict.

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Waseem 9 years ago

Petrol prices are rising, it should not be so much. All oil giants should feel the problem of an ordinary man. Please stop the raising of prices and start the production to fulfill the present requirement.