Political unrest continues to sweep North African neighbors Tunisia and Libya. Protests shut Libya’s key Sider port, main export terminal for its 325,000 b/d Waha (Oasis) production; and Ras Lanuf port, terminal for the Amna and Sirtica crude grades. The adjoining 220,000 b/d Ras Lanuf refinery has also been closed since 29 July.
A series of labor protests over past two months have rippled through Libya’s oil sector, pushing output below 1mn b/d and seriously disrupting operations. Export terminals, rather than fields have been the focus of activity, but production on Eni-led Mellitah Oil’s 100,000 b/d Elephant (Feel) field remains offline. Mellitah continues to export around 30,000 b/d of condensate, one source told MEES on 31 July. (CONTINUED - 350 WORDS)