Intermittent port blockades over the past two weeks have once again put the spotlight on the durability of Libya’s crude exports. Though exports hit a nine-year high 1.125mn b/d for the first eight months of 2020, protests that have affected loadings at three key eastern oil ports cast a long shadow on progress.

Highlighting the fluidity of the situation, NOC on 10 September issued a statement saying protests at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf had ended, only to be followed by fresh closures on 13 September. NOC says all protests, including the one at Hariga, have now come to an end following talks. (CONTINUED - 1731 WORDS)