Libyan oil continues to approach its OPEC mandated production share of 1.6 million BPD

Mustafa Sanalla confirms that Libya's oil sector is on the fast track to reaching 1.45 million barrels per day by the end of the year and 2.1 BPD in four years

Libya’s oil sector has recovered in an awe-inspiring manner after a near long year hiatus that resulted in the country’s economy being stunted. [Photo: Rueters]
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) is working to raise its daily production levels to 1.45 million barrels by the end of this year, having now reached production levels of 1.3 million barrels per day.

In a statement published by Bloomberg, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NOC, Mustafa Sanalla, said that the National Oil Corporation (NOC) continues to scale up its daily oil production index until it achieves its planned OPEC share of 1.6 million barrels per day in two years, and to 2.1 million within four years.

He also explained that the NOC plans to start production from new oil fields in the coming months, in the central Sirte basin and the Ghadams basin in the west. It is also working to restart fields that were shut down by ISIS attacks in 2015.

The statements by the NOC chairman falls in line with the recent announcement made by the new Minister of Gas and Oil that the country’s oil sector is back on track with Libya’s oil sector set to receive the largest portion of the developmental spending budget in the form of 1.6 billion dollars.

The NOC has stated for years now that the lack of funding by previous governments has negatively affected its growth as well as the country’s income with the company unable to keep up with repairs, demand and damages sustained to oil facilities during the civil conflicts due to a stark lack of sufficient funding.

Libya is home to Africa’s largest oil reserves and an uneven portion of the country’s economy heavily relies on the success of its oil sector, as it remains to be the country’s primary source of income.

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