Sanallah: Libya’s oil output aims for 1.25 million bpd by end of 2018

Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah (Photo: Archive)

Libya is aiming to produce 1.25 million barrels per day (bpd) by the end of the year and 1.5 million bpd by the end of 2018, the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday.

Libya hopes to reach output of 2.1 million bpd in four or five years, NOC chief Mustafa Sanallah said during a visit to

The targets outlined by Sanallah are broadly in line with previously stated production goals.

Libya’s national production has recently stood at just over one million bpd, up from lows of around 250,000 bpd a year ago.

Sanallah called the plans to raise production further “ambitious”.

He declined to give a current figure for national production, which he said was fluctuating daily. On Tuesday, a Libyan oil official told Reuters that production stood at 1.032 million bpd.

It was not clear if that figure included increases at NOC subsidiary Waha Oil Co, which has raised its production to
145,000 bpd, an official from the company and port sources said

on Wednesday, up from 105,000 bpd last week. Along with Nigeria, Libya is exempted from an OPEC-led deal to cut output that took effect in January. Both countries have boosted production since then, weighing on global prices.

Sanallah is due to lead a Libyan delegation to a meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers in St Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday to share his country’s production plans.

He has said that Libya’s political, humanitarian and economic problems must be considered in any discussion about limiting the country’s output.

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