Oil Exports Resume In Eastern Libya

A blockade of Libya’s eastern ports may be ending. But it is too early for optimism.

Exports from Libya’s east resumed this week, as negotiations between Tripoli and a federalist movement promise to end the nine-month blockade that shut in the bulk of the country’s crude production.

The loading of crude began at the Marsa el-Hariga terminal on 16 April at around noon, Muhammad al-Harari, a spokesperson of the state-owned National Oil Corporation, confirmed to MEES. Austria’s OMV was loading the 130,000 ton (950,000 barrel) ‘Aegean Dignity’ as MEES went to press, France’s Total is slated to follow up with a 600,000 barrel cargo on 23 April.

Hariga terminal, located in the eastern city of Tobruk, is one of five oil ports that have lain idle since a series of strikes last summer. In recent weeks, they have been the subject of intense negotiations between Tripoli and the Political Bureau of Cyrenaica (PBC), the self-declared regional government that effectively controls oil infrastructure in eastern Libya. (CONTINUED - 1117 WORDS)