Sharara oil field, Libya’s biggest, closed by armed brigade


UPDATE 4-Production at Libya’s Sharara oil field returns to normal after protest – NOC

A local Libyan brigade has closed down two valves on a pipeline to Sharara oilfield, the country’s largest, to make demands for more fuel supplies and better economic conditions for the Zintan region, a source in Zintan said on Sunday.

Sharara, which was producing around 280,000 barrels per day, had been shut down a week ago, engineers said, and state-run National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on loadings of Sharara crude from the Zawiya oil terminal, according to a company document.

Another brigade tasked with oil facilities protection has closed a pipeline leading to the Hamada field, but the field was still operating and talks on reopening the pipeline were expected on Sunday, a spokesman for state company AGOCO said.

(Source: Reuters)

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