In a sign of increasing upstream activity in Libya’s oil sector, NOC subsidiary Zallaf Oil announced on 13 January the start of drilling operations at its Erawin fields in southeast Libya which are eventually expected to add 16,000 b/d. If all goes to plan, this could come by the end of 2021 and help NOC towards its ambitious end-year target of 1.6mn b/d (MEES, 24 December 2020). Current national output is thought to be close to 1.3mn b/d.

“Four wells are expected to be drilled in a first stage, with further drilling scheduled based on their results,” the firm said in a Facebook post. Output is targeted from Erawin’s E, G & H fields that were originally discovered by former operator Repsol which abandoned Erawin’s NC-200 Block in 2015 (MEES, 22 November 2019). (CONTINUED - 177 WORDS)