Libyan Oil Output Rebounds

Libyan Oil Output ReboundsLibyan Oil Output Rebounds

Libya’s crude production rebounded to about 660,000 barrels a day as the OPEC nation’s biggest oil field resumed output after about a week of disruption.

Force majeure on the Zawiya export terminal was lifted after pumping resumed Sunday at Sharara, the nation’s biggest oilfield, Mustafa Sanalla, chairman of Libya’s state-run National Oil Corp., said Monday, Bloomberg reported.

Libya’s overall production is 660,000 barrels a day, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified. Libya’s output had dropped to about 500,000 barrels a day last week when production was halted at Sharara, according to the same person.

Libya, holding Africa’s largest oil reserves, is struggling to recover from years of conflict between rival governments and militias. Its production was exempted from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ production cuts, because of its internal strife. Some OPEC members and non-members are calling for the production cuts to be extended beyond June.

"With the lifting, it’s positive for oil exports out of Libya,” Michael Poulsen, oil risk manager at A/S Global Risk Management Ltd. in Middelfart, Denmark, said by phone. "The assumption is that it will continue into the foreseeable future,” he said, cautioning that “the security situation is not 100% resolved."

Brent crude, a global benchmark, rose 2 cents to $53.55 a barrel by 2:01 p.m. in Dubai.

Libya’s NOC had declared force majeure on Sharara crude last Tuesday, a clause which relieves it from delivery obligations due to circumstances outside its control. The same restrictions are in still place for loadings from the Wafa oil field and the Mellitah export terminal, Sanalla said. Sharara’s production resumed Sunday, with output at 160,000 barrels a day, according to the person familiar. Libya has sought to boost crude exports after fighting among rival militias hobbled oil production following the overthrow in 2011 of Muammar Gaddafi.

The conflict showed signs of calming in recent months, with oil output rising from as little as 260,000 barrels a day in August, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Libya pumped 1.6 million barrels daily before Qaddafi’s ouster.


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