By Jamal Adel.
Kufra, 18 November 2014:
The ten-day halt to production at the 130,000 . . .[restrict]b/d El Fil (Elephant) oil field has ended with repairs to a power generator and the reported improvement to poor security which had caused many workers to flee.
“The field resumed production after repairs were made to the generators in the power station” the local Petroleum Facilities Guard commander Hassan Koshiyami told the Libya Herald today.
On 8 November, the technical fault coincided with a security alarm following the Libya Dawn-related attacks on the nearby Sharara oilfield and rising violence in Obari which it was feared could overflow toward El Fil.
“The field is now secured and is working normally” said Koshiyami. Operated by ENI, its production is piped to the Melitah terminal in western Libya.
Also today, as El Fil resumed operations, the National Oil Corporation warned that it alone is responsible for sales of Libyan oil. It has warned customers not to try and purchase Libyan oil from anyone else. A senior NOC marketing executive told Bloomberg that it had issued the notice “protectively, to make sure that no shipment is done outside National Oil Corporation’s control.” He continued, “NOC is neutral. Its main concern is to secure the resources of the Libyan people”. [/restrict]