LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas workers preparing for mass protests.

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SOFIA, July 31 (Itar-Tass) —— Personnel of the LUKOIL Neftochim Burgas are preparing for mass protests due to the halt of the refinery, head of the Bulgarian petrochemical trade union Minko Minkov told the Bulgarian national radio.

The workers demand a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his explanations.

“The refinery may keep working with due fulfillment of the requirements from financial and customs bodies in the period of the installment of measuring gadgets,” Minkov said.

The refinery employs about 2,000 workers and has an auxiliary personnel of another 5,000, he said.

Meanwhile, Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov said that 1,800 tonnes of jet fuel had been assigned from state reserves for airlines operating from Burgas and Varna airports. The amount is sufficient for a week, he said.

Bulgarian customs sealed warehouses of LUKOIL Bulgaria on July 27 under the pretext that the company did not fulfill the demand for installing remote control sensors. That caused the revocation of the license and the suspended operation of the refinery.

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