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Libya has lifted an emergency regime in the occupied ports and will restore the supply of raw materials

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Libya has lifted an emergency regime in the occupied ports and will restore the supply of raw materials

Libya has lifted an emergency regime in the occupied ports and will restore the supply of raw materials
September 15
16:00 2016

The NOC, the Libyan National Oil Corporation, has annulled the force majeure state in three ports, which were captured by the pro-government army controlled by General Khalifa Haftar. The Oil Corporation has promised to immediately open the exports from two ports.

The Head of the NOC Mustafa Sanalla made a statement that on Wednesday he officially had taken the captured objects from the troops of Haftar while visiting the port Zuveytina.

Sanala said: “Export from Zuveytina and Ras Lanuf will be restored immediately, and exports from Marsa el Brega will be going on.”

Five years ago Muammar Gaddafi’s regime fell in Libya. Since then the two governments have been actively fighting. One is in the east, the other, the government of the national agreement, is in Tripoli (Tripoli’s government has been recognized by the UN).

The source from the port of Ras Lanuf said that an oil tanker had arrived at the port on Thursday morning for the first time since 2014. The second tanker moored in the port of Marsa el Brega, which was not closed.

According to the source, the exports had been agreed even before Haftar captured ports Es Sidr, Ras Lanuf, Zuveytina and Marsa el Brega at the end of the last week and at the start of this week.

Military actions, political struggles and gang attacks have brought down the oil production of Libya to a negligible amount regarding 1.6 million barrels per day, which were being produced before the country’s civil war began in 2011.

In the past, these ports were controlled by the Government of National Consensus.

The West condemned the seizure of objects, expressing willingness to take measures to prevent any attempt of oil supplies from the areas that were not controlled by the Government of National Consensus. The Head of the NOC expressed the hope for “a new phase of cooperation” between the conflicting parties.

On the eve Sanalla said that oil production might be increased to 600,000 barrels per day over the month, and up to 950,000 barrels per day by the end of the year. However, these capabilities are directly dependent on getting of additional financing by the Corporation and unblocking of oil pipelines in the south-west of the country.

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