Libya hopes to boost gas output in 2019 following five years of almost continual decline. But while gas production has been on a downward trajectory, it has fared better than Libya’s oil output which has frequently fallen to near-zero as a consequence of civil strife (see chart 1).

This is in large part due to the fact the majority of the country’s gas output is concentrated either offshore, in the case of Eni’s Bahr Essalam, or in the far west in the case of the Wafa field, also operated by the Italian firm. This region bordering Algeria escaped much of the conflict that has caused havoc in the country’s Sirte basin oil heartland. (CONTINUED - 872 WORDS)