Libya’s oil output keeps ascending as economy goes through a hiccup

Pipes are pictured at Libya's El Sharara oilfield
Pipes are pictured at Libya’s El Sharara oilfield

Libya-based Waha Oil Co reached a production rate of 75,000 barrels per day and expects output to increase in the coming weeks, according to recent reporting by Reuters.

The oil company plans to bring the Jalu oilfield online soon, which will be the firm’s third revived field after Waha and Samah. The National Oil Corporation owns Waha as a joint venture subsidiary with ConocoPhillips, Marathon and Hess Corp.

Output from Waha resumed last month when several previously blockaded ports opened for business. The field contributes to the Es Sider port, which has been damaged due to fighting from the North African country’s four-year civil war and its terrorist insurgencies.

Once the Es Sider port completes its renovations and a new pipeline from the Jalu field begins work, oil production will increase further, Waha said, without adding a specific timeline for the construction.

Waha produces between 100,000-120,000 bpd, while Samah produces 7,000 bpd.

Libya’s National Oil Corporation, NOC, is pushing hard to reach its previously set goal of 900,000 bpd before the end of the year.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which Libya is a member, has committed to exempting Tripoli from the terms of a coming bloc-wide production freeze that seeks to reestablish the supply-side fundamentals of the global oil market. The final details of the deal will be announced at the end of this month, after OPEC’s official meeting in Vienna, wrote OilPrice.com.

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