Libya’s Al-Zawiya oil refinery operating in half capacity

Libya’s Al-Zawiya oil refinery operating in half capacity. (Photo: Internet)

Libya’s Al-Zawiya oil refinery, which is the largest operating plant in the country, was working at only half its capacity due to the shutdown at the Sharara oilfield, a source at the refinery told Reuters on Monday.

The Al-Zawiya oil refinery produces 120,000 barrels per day (bpd), and it is very vital for the Libyan oil industry recovery.

It has been off work for over five days now due to a shutdown of the Sharara oilfield that is feeding it with oil due to blockage of pipelines by an armed group – allegedly from Zintan city.

The biggest oilfield is now under a force majeure procedure due to the closure of the pipeline.

The shutdown of Sharara has also led NOC subsidiary Arab Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO) to shut down the 10,000 bpd Hamada oilfield, which shares export infrastructure with Sharara, a Libyan oil source told Reuters.

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