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State-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) has offered a crude cargo for export from the Zueitina terminal in the northeast in early October, according to trading sources. Crude loaded in late August, but only as a precautionary measure against the threat to storage facilities posed by fighting in the area between the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) and the Libyan National Army (LNA - MEES, 26 August).
The scope of last month’s planned shipments was confined to draining the storage tanks and shipping the crude to Zawiya refinery near Tripoli. The LNA, an eastern militia led by renegade general Khalifa Haftar and affiliated to, but not controlled by, Libya’s internationally recognized House of Representatives based in the eastern port of Tobruk, has issued repeated threats against the re-opening of the terminal. (CONTINUED - 299 WORDS)