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Libya enjoyed one of its best oil production months for years in September with average output of 920,000 b/d just short of July’s 1.02mn b/d four-year high.
The September resurgence was largely due to the resumption of production from the Repsol-operated Sharara fields in the southwest which had been shut in for most of the second half of August due to a pipeline blockade.
But output from the fields remains vulnerable to disruptions. Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation once more declared force majeure on the fields from 1-4 October. An armed group calling itself Brigade 30, and described by Mr Sanallah as “guards,” shut down the field issuing demands. These included the release of fellow brigade members, fuel supplies, economic development in the south of the country, payment of wages and jobs in the Petroleum Facilities Guard, said a statement published by the group.