Protesters said to shut oil pipeline in Libya

Armed protesters have seized three oil ports in eastern Libya since August, cutting off around 600,000 barrels per day of export capacity, to demand more regional autonomy. (File photo: Reuters)

Protesters have shut down a pipeline leading from the El Sharara oilfield in southern Libya to the port of Zawiya in western Libya, a spokesman for the National Oil Corporation said on Thursday.

The impact on production was still unclear, he said. Output at the field was at 301,000 barrels per day (bpd) on Wednesday, down from its usual output of 340,000 bpd.

On Wednesday, negotiations with the NOC appeared to break down after protesters shut gas and oil pipelines from the Wafa oilfield, which produces around 30,000 bpd of very light oil condensate.

Armed protesters have seized three oil ports in eastern Libya since August, cutting off around 600,000 barrels per day of export capacity, to demand more regional autonomy. 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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