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Libya’s oil production falls 76% due to blockade

A picture shows silos at the Zueitina oil terminal on 14 September 2016. [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]
A picture shows silos at the Zueitina oil terminal on 14 September 2016. [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said yesterday that the country’s crude oil production has decreased by 76.3 per cent, reaching nearly 284,000 barrels per day, after the forces of the Libyan National Army shut down major oil fields and ports in the east and south of the country.

NOC said in a statement that the average daily production has decreased from the 1.2 million barrels per day reported on 18 January.

It estimated cumulative losses of nearly $318 million as a result of the blockade imposed by the forces of Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar; warning of shortage of fuel supplies in some areas.

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“Fuel is available in the central and eastern regions, but the warehouses in the western and southern regions suffer from lack of supplies due to the ongoing state of war,” it added.

The company renewed its call “for blockades to be lifted to allow the corporation to resume production immediately, to secure a continuing supply of fuel products to all regions and to restore vital revenues to the Libyan economy.”

Last week, LNA forces seized several large export terminals along the eastern coast as well as southern oil fields.

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