North Africa


Prior to the 2011 revolution Libya was a key member of Opec, producing in excess of 1.5mn b/d. Despite the best efforts of NOC chief Sanalla to overcome chronic instability, it remains a long way off returning to this.

State of Play

Long North Africa’s biggest oil producer, Libya has been chronically unstable since the 2011 revolution that overthrew Gaddafi. Things looked on the up as the country exited 2019 with a seven-year high 1.11mn b/d. But the outlook for 2020 looks bleak as oil continues to be used as a weapon in inter-factional fighting.

2019 In Numbers
Crude Output 0.99 mn b/d
Gas Exports 0.95 bcm
Oil Rig Count 4 -
Gas Rig Count 1 -


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1: Libya’s Crude Output Has Crashed Following A Seven-Year-High Performance In 2019 (mn b/d)

2: Wishing 35,000 B/D: OMV Hasn’t Managed Its Libya Oil Production Capacity Since At Least 2009 (‘000 B/D, OMV Net Libya Output)

3: El Sharara Output Has Slumped Since A Forced Valve Closure On Its Pipeline Shut-In Output On 18 January ('000 B/D)

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