Blown-up oil pipeline to be repaired by Sunday the most, Libya oil officials say

The NOC building in Tripoli (Photo: Archive)

The Libyan oil sector is likely going to start repairs Saturday or Sunday on a crude oil pipeline that had been blown up earlier this week, an oil official reported, according to Reuters.

An explosion on Tuesday about 130 km (80 miles) south of the Sidra terminal cut Libya’s oil output by 70,000 to 100,000 barrels per day, according to the state oil company NOC, the parent firm of Waha, the pipeline and oilfield operator.

On Thursday Waha said its chairman and other senior executives had inspected the site which lies in an area of southeastern Libya where security is poor and where Islamic State has operated in the past, Reuters reported.

Waha had blamed a “terrorist attack” for the explosion, without elaborating.

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