Libya: Production Resumes In East And West

Oil fields have sprung back to life across Libya, but it is too early to predict a prolonged revival of the country’s embattled oil sector.

Libyan oil output was boosted this week as two western oil and gas fields came back online, and production resumed in the east of the country after a 10-month hiatus.

But a key western oil field is still offline, and two vital export terminals remain shut, keeping production well below capacity as the oil sector continues to be plagued by political chaos.

The El Feel oil field and Wafa gas and condensate field came back online on 13 May, according to Muhammad al-Hariri, spokesman for the government-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC). The fields had been idle since March, when protestors occupied the onsite facilities and the pipelines leading to the export terminal. El Feel has a nameplate capacity of 85,000 b/d, and production will build up gradually, the NOC spokesman says. (CONTINUED - 1087 WORDS)