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Libya lost 92% of oil, gas revenues in 2020

Oil field in Libya [Javier Blas/Wikipedia]
Oil field in Libya, 7 September 2017 [Javier Blas/Wikipedia]

Official statistics have shown that Libya's oil and gas revenues decreased by 92 per cent last year, as the blockade imposed for months on oil facilities caused the suspension of most export operations.

The Central Bank of Libya announced that the revenues of the year 2020 were estimated at 2.9 billion Libyan dinars ($652 million), compared to 31.4 billion Libyan dinars in 2019.

Libya has been divided for years between two rival administrations, the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and one in the east, where the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar are stationed.

In the oil-rich country, crude oil production and exports are the responsibility of the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC), which disagrees with the central bank's revenue estimations.

Chaos has prevailed in Libya since the outbreak of the NATO-backed uprising in 2011 that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Thus, energy facilities, the main source of the country's wealth, have been repeatedly attacked by fighting forces.

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