By Emmanuel Tumanjong

Special to Dow Jones Newswires


Crude-oil production by Exxon Mobil Corp. in Chad has been cut for a fourth straight day, owing to protests by workers at the oil giant's unit in the Central African nation, according to reports on Monday by Chad's state television.

The workers are protesting that ExxonMobil is in negotiations to sell its 40% stake in the consortium exploiting Chadian crude and leave the country without paying them compensation, Tele Tchad reported.

"Since Friday, Chadian operators of the control room have stopped their machines on the oil-drilling platform of Kome 5," the television said.

Local media reported that Chad's daily production of 120,000 barrels of oil will be reduced by a third by the protests.

The Chadian staff at ExxonMobil are demanding compensation from the company before it sells its shares to Britain's Savannah Energy PLC

"We expressed our demands in six points, which we handed to the management. Despite mediation between members of government and the company's management, nothing has been done. So, we had no option other than go on strike," said the workers in a statement.

Neither ExxonMobil nor the Chadian government could be immediately reached for comment.

ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp. and Malaysia's Petronas are partners in a venture which exports Chadian crude through the 1,080-long Chad-Cameroon pipeline linking the Chadian oil fields of Doba to Cameroon's Atlantic coastal town of Kribi.

Chad exported 44.72 million barrels of crude oil in 2020, a rise of 4%, compared to exports of the year before, according to figures from the Cameroon-based Pipeline Steering and Monitoring Committee.


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