Libya’s National Oil Corporation chairman Mustafa Sanalla flew into Madrid this week to discuss with Repsol “the resumption of exploratory drilling” in the third quarter of this year around the 290,000 b/d El Sharara field.

El Sharara production is spread across Blocks NC-186 and NC-115 in the Murzuq Basin and operated by the Repsol-led Akakus consortium which also includes OMV, TotalEnergies, Equinor and NOC. The field has been a frequent target of politically motivated shutdowns over the past decade, with the latest outage hitting in mid-April (MEES, 22 April). Current output levels are unclear. Repsol CEO Josu Jon Imaz last put flows at 70,000 b/d in late April (MEES, 29 April). (CONTINUED - 167 WORDS)