Recent events in Libya put local oilfield projects in jeopardy

Conditions in Libya has posed a threat to oilfield companies

Heightened fears surrounding the safety of workers in Libya has put an increasingly high amount of pressure on companies conducting oilfield projects in the country.

According to a report from Reuters, the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi may delay an oil extraction as a number of workers have fled the country amid concerns over their own personal safety. After the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, a number of oil executives also left Libya, which will further complicate matters and slow down operations.

Deputy Oil Minister Omar Shakmak spoke with Reuters about serious impact these latest events will have on the Libyan economy.

"In general, of course it will have an impact on the security issue in Libya in all sectors, not only in oil," Shakmak said. "It is important for any management to make sure their staff are safe and secure."

In Libya and elsewhere, Oilfield workers have a number of safety-related factors to consider. The nature of the job already poses a number of risks, and depending on the geographical location of the oil, workers could be subject to unprovoked attack. However, oil is an essential commodity and it must be removed from the ground in some way.

That's why companies conducting oilfield projects must practice efficiency and safety at all times. Speeding up the process by using a hydraulic lift can help because it allows companies to get their jobs done faster without compromising the integrity of the oil.

Businesses on any oilfield that are interested in improving their operational efficiency should contact an oil technology provider to learn best practices and acquire the tools that fit their needs.