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Libya's oil production jumps to 300,000 bpd as exports rise

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 in Libya on 14 September 2016 [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]

Libya continues to increase its crude oil production with the daily total now getting closer to 300,000 barrels per day, Bloomberg reports.

By the end of last week, production had risen from below 100,000 bpd to 270,000 bpd, exceeding the National Oil Corporation's expectations and now, according to Bloomberg, it has hit 295,000 bpd.

The report added that exports are also on the increase at the three terminals that eastern-affiliated forces allowed to reopen last month.

The Brega terminal is likely to see some 1.8 million barrels exported this month, divided into three cargos, while the Hariga terminal has already loaded two cargos of one million barrels each, Bloomberg reported, citing a cargo loading programme.

The third terminal, Zueitina, is scheduled to export five cargoes of crude this month.

Last week, the (NOC) announced a partial lifting of force majeure and workers at Libya's major Sharara field restarted operations, Reuters reported two engineers working there saying.

READ: Some Libyan oil facilities restart operations

Oil production plunged by around three-quarters since renegade General Khalifa Haftar launched a blockade, which cut off revenue for state institutions operating across the country.

On 12 August, the NOC revealed in a statement that the total losses incurred due to the shutdown of oil fields and ports reached $8.22 billion, after 208 days of forceful shutdown by Haftar's militia.

Libya's oil production before the shutdown reached 1.22 million barrels a day, according to identical data released by the NOC and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), compared to less than 90,000 barrels per day during the blockade.

Libya has been witnessing an armed conflict for years, as Haftar's militias, supported by Arab and Western countries, contest the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA)'s legitimacy and authority in the oil-rich country.

Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa and the ninth-biggest known reserves in the world.

The Libyan oil and Haftar - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The Libyan oil and Haftar – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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