By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 22 August 2017:
After a three-day shut down because of a blockaded pipeline the Sharara oil field has resumed production. Libya’s biggest oil field is now once again able to contribute output of up to 230,000 bpd.
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said this morning that it was lifting the force majeure that it had imposed on contracted liftings from the Zawia export terminal.
It is not being made clear what caused the pipeline disruption, which echoes past blockades made by various locals with political, economic or financial demands. The most recent interruptions have been ended by vigorous action from NOC chief Mustafa Sanalla who promised that he would return to Tripoli and back local demands. One report said that overnight a closed valve had been discovered. A fortnight ago, Zawia protestors demanding the release of four locals arrested in Saudi Arabia suspected of being involved in the Tripoli kidnapping of Egyptian diplomats, briefly shut down a control room in the town.