Rayaina pipeline reopening halted by blockade armed groups in western Libya

Libya’s National Oil Corporation has for now stopped the relaunch of production at oil fields in the country’s west, Libyan officials said Sunday, after a militia threatened to block the petroleum from reaching the market.

The aborted restart is a blow for Libya’s oil industry, which has been counting on the country’s big western fields to kick-start its comeback.

A pipeline, in Rayaina district near Zintan city, that can transport over 400,000 barrels a day from two western fields had partly reopened on Wednesday, but efforts to send that oil to coastal ports are now off, oil officials said.

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