Militia clashes in Libya’s western city of Zawiya on 25 October resulted in “severe damage” to the Zawiya Oil Complex which “may take years to repair,” according to National Corporation (NOC). The incident highlights the ongoing security challenges facing the firm which is hoping to attract foreign investment and expertise to help boost production (MEES, 22 October).
The Zawiya Oil Complex is home to Libya’s largest functioning refinery with a nameplate capacity of 120,000 b/d. It is also as the largest oil export terminal in the country’s western region, shipping crude from the 300,000 b/d Repsol-led El Sharara fields. Crude and products exports from Zawiya hit 233,000 b/d in the first nine months of 2021, the highest level in years (see chart). (CONTINUED - 393 WORDS)