Libya’s oil output remains under 400,000 barrel per day


Libya’s crude oil production remains under 400,000 barrels per day after attacks on oil facilities last week, the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday.
Oil output has dwindled to less than one quarter of a 2011 high of 1.6 million barrels per day reached before an uprising toppled Qaddafi in 2011.
“Production of crude oil today is less than 400,000 barrels, it’s still the same,” the spokesman of NOC Mohamed Al-Harari said.
Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, Libya’s biggest oil ports, have been closed since December 2014. They are located between the city of Sirte and the eastern city of Benghazi.
Al-Harari also denied that boats had tried to attack the eastern oil port of Zueitina. The spokesman for the Petroleum Facilities Guard said on Sunday that three boats had tried to storm the port and the guards repelled the attack, hitting one of the vessels and setting it on fire.
“We have not received any reports from the industrial security unit stating any security breaches, but we don’t know if something happened outside the fence of the port and its facilities,” Al-Harari added.
In a separate incident, a security source form the coastal town of Zuwarah said workers in the western Mellitah oil port were evacuated for few hours early on Tuesday after two armed groups exchanged fire near the complex. The workers returned to the facility later, the source said.
It was unclear which groups were involved in the incident. Al-Harari said the company has not received a security report.


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