Seized Oil Ports Slashing Output Rapidly, Libyan Oil Chief Said


Libya’s National Oil Company chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, said that blockades of Libya’s oil export terminal can imperil OPEC nations’ daily crude oil exports. It could risk 1.2 million barrels a day.

During a speech at Chatham House in London, Sanalla said the nation is corrupted and performing unfairly, and we admit it, though blocking Libya’s oil production unofficially, would only cause more deterioration of the country and crumbling of the law.

General Khalifa Haftar-led forces concluded Libya’s oil export terminals, including ports on the southern shores and some fields and pipelines, at dawn this month. The move reflects Haftar’s efforts to seize the capital of Tripoli, which is the seat of the United Nations-backed government and situated in the west of Libya.

Sanalla and NOC are eager to act and wanted to be seen as a neutral party because if they are either GNA or LNA who has been engaged in an enduring dispute, they might induce strikes on the oil industry. Oil production has undergone fragmentary disturbances, but it seems out of danger.

Sanalla recently told international media channel Libyan crude oil; exports have already plummeted to 262,000 barrels from 1.2 million barrels per day; the number is likely to drop below 100,000 barrels per day in the near future. Libya’s minimal storage capacity is potentially harmful, insisting NOC stop massive oil production and mislay crude oil in pipelines, which get stuck in and cause corrosion.

Seized Libyan oil ports including Ras, Brega, Lanuf, Zueitina, Hariga, and Sidra are causing more than $55 million of revenue loss per day, NOC said. Lacking the funds, the country would not succeed in spending on new oil infrastructures.

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