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Libya's NOC to assess security at El Sharara before resuming production

Libyan state oil firm NOC will reopen the El Sharara oilfield, the country's biggest, only after an inspection to establish security, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
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Eastern Libyan forces hand El Sharara oilfield to oil guards

Eastern Libyan forces handed over control of the El Sharara oilfield to an oil security force, officials said on Tuesday, in a bid to encourage state oil firm NOC to restart production that has been halted since December.
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Libya committed to resuming El Sharara output once safety is assured: NOC

Libya's state oil firm NOC is committed to a swift resumption of oil output at the El Sharara oilfield, but only after its workers' safety is assured, it said on Tuesday.
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East Libyan forces say they have full control of El Sharara oilfield

Eastern Libyan military forces have full control of the El Sharara oilfield, Libya's biggest, their spokesman said on Tuesday. "Peacefully with no resistance LNA (the Libyan National Army) has full control over Sharara oilfield with all its facilities," he tweeted, adding the facility was now being secured. The news came hours after the LNA's chief of staff, Abdel-Razeq Nathouri, told Reuters the forces were negotiating access to the 315,000 barrels-per-day field that state guards occupied on ...
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Exclusive: East Libyan force wants to take El Sharara oilfield by talks

The comments by Abdel-Razeq Nathouri, chief of staff of the Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar, may soothe fears of a battle for the 315,000 barrels-per-day field. Libya has been in turmoil since the NATO-backed toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with rival administrations and armed groups controlling different territories. The LNA began an offensive in the south last month to fight Islamist militants, Chadian opposition forces and cross-border smugglers, as well as to se...
Tags: Science, Nato, Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, LNA, Khalifa Haftar, El Sharara, Libyan National Army LNA, Abdel Razeq Nathouri


Libya's NOC calls for avoiding escalation at Sharara oilfield

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corp on Friday urged all parties to avoid escalation at the El Sharara oilfield, the country's largest, and said it would not restore normal operations until security had been restored. "Worker safety remains our primary concern," NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a statement. "We urge all parties to avoid conflict and the politicization of key infrastructure." The eastern-based Libyan National Army said on Wednesday it had seized the...
Tags: Science, Libya, NOC, Mustafa Sanalla, El Sharara, Sharara, Libyan National Army, BENGHAZI Libya LONDON, Reuters Libya s National Oil Corp


East Libyan forces control substation not main El Sharara field: engineer

East Libyan military forces control a pumping substation for the El Sharara oilfield but the main production area is still occupied by armed tribesmen, a field engineer said on Thursday. The Libyan National Army (LNA), based in the east of the politically divided country, said on Wednesday it had seized the 315,000 barrels per day field from tribesmen and protesters who forced operations to halt when they took the site on Dec. 8. The engineer, who asked not to be identified, said a convoy of L...
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Eastern Libyan forces take over El-Sharara oilfield: official

Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar took over the El-Sharara oilfield on Wednesday, an official in the force said. The 315,000-barrels a day oilfield has been closed since December when tribesmen and state security forces seized it to make payment and development demands. Haftar is a dominant figure in the east where his Libyan National Army (LNA) in 2017 seized the second-largest city of Benghazi by expelling Islamist and other fighters.
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Eastern Libyan forces take over El Sharara oilfield

Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar captured the El-Sharara oilfield on Wednesday, officials said, apparently taking over the facility from armed tribesmen and state guards in a challenge to the Tripoli government. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) group, which is based in the east, called oil firm NOC to lift force majeure, a contractual waiver, it had declared when it shut down production at the 315,000-barrels a day oilfield. El Sharara was taken over on Dec. 8 ...
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Eastern Libyan forces have taken over Sharara oilfield: Official

Benghazi, Libya (Reuters) - Eastern Libyan forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar took over the El-Sharara oilfield on Wednesday, an official in the force said. No more details were immediately available and there was no comment from state oil firm NOC. (Reporting by Ayman al warfalli, Writing by Ulf Lessing; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
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Libyan state oil firm keeps El Sharara oilfield closed, rejects paying off protesters

On Wednesday, Libya's internationally recognized government said the 315,000 barrels a day field, the country's biggest, would reopen after Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj flew there to meet protesters who seized the southern facility on Dec 8. Sarraj had called the demands of the protesters - made up of state guards and tribesmen - as legitimate. Oil sources later said preparations were being made to restart output.
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Libya's government says El Sharara oilfield reopened after PM's visit

BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's government of national accord said on Wednesday El Sharara oilfield had reopened following the visit of Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the field.
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El Sharara oilfield to reopen, Libyan government says

BENGHAZI, Libya/TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's biggest oilfield, El Sharara, will reopen, the country's internationally recognized government said on Wednesday after Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj flew there to persuade protesters to end a blockage. Sarraj's office gave no time frame. A spokesman for a group of tribesmen, who took over the 315,000 barrels a day-field with state guards on Dec 8, said the government had agreed to implement their demands within a week from Dec 22.
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Libya's National Oil against paying 'ransom' to reopen El Sharara field

Libya's state-owned National Oil Corp. (NOC) said it was against paying a ransom to an armed group that has halted crude production at the country's largest oilfield.
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Oil prices climb on OPEC-led supply cuts, Asian stock rally | Reuters

Oil prices climb on OPEC-led supply cuts, Asian stock rally | Reuters:Oil prices rose by around 1 percent on Wednesday amid a stock market rebound and on expectations that an OPEC-led output cut for 2019 would stabilize the supply-demand balance.Disruptions to Libyan crude exports after local militia seized the country’s biggest oilfield, El Sharara, were also buoying prices, traders said.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were at $60.84 per barrel at 0742 GMT, up 64 cents, or 1.1 perce...
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Oil prices rise on Libyan export interruption, but markets remain weak

Oil prices edged up on Tuesday after Libya's National Oil Company declared force majeure on exports from the El Sharara oilfield, which was seized at the weekend by a local militia group.
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Libya is shutting down El Sharara after field seized by tribesmen: sources

Libya is shutting down production at its biggest oilfield after tribesmen and state security guards seized the El Sharara facility, field engineers and protesters said on Sunday, but there was no confirmation from state oil firm NOC.
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Libya is shutting down El Sharara after field seized by tribesmen: engineers

Libya is shutting down production at its biggest oilfield after tribesmen and state-paid security guards seized the El Sharara facility, threatening oil workers, several field engineers and protesters said on Sunday.
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Libya's NOC warns of 'catastrophic' consequences if Sharara oilfield halted

Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) warned on Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" if the El Sharara oilfield is brought to a complete halt by a protest by tribesmen.
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Protesters force shutdown at Libyan El Sharara oilfield: sources

Tribesmen staging a protest at Libya’s 315,000 barrels-a-day El Sharara oilfield are forcing workers to shut down production, two Libyan oil officials and a spokesman for the protesters said on Sunday.
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Libyan state oil firm scrambles to keep El Sharara oilfield open amid "occupation"

Libyan state security on Saturday threatened to shut down production at the giant El Sharara oilfield but the field remains open, state oil firm NOC said, denouncing what it called an "occupation" of the 315,000 barrels-a-day facility.
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Protesters stop output at Libya's El Sharara oilfield: field guards

Libyan tribesmen protested at the giant El Sharara oilfield on Saturday and shut down production, the force guarding the facility and a spokesman for the protesters said.
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Protesters seek to stop output at Libya's El Sharara oilfield

Libyan tribesmen staged a protest on Saturday at the giant El Sharara oilfield aiming to shut down the facility, engineers and a tribal spokesman said on Saturday, although it was not immediately clear if output had been halted.
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Tribesmen stage protest at Libya's El Sharara oilfield

A small group of Libyan tribesmen staged a protest at the southern El Sharara oilfield last week, threatening to close down production unless their living conditions improved, a video tape showed and staff at the field said on Sunday.
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Libyan El Sharara oilfield in shutdown from pollution protest

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's giant El Sharara oilfield was shut down on Sunday after a local landowner closed a valve in protest against pollution near a pipeline crossing his land.
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Is Libya Putin's Next Target?

Anti-Gaddafi demonstrators in the Libyan city of Bayda, July 22, 2011 With the future of the Assad regime now well in hand, the Kremlin has turned its attention to another former Soviet client in the Middle East - Libya. The "Libyan Political Agreement" negotiated under UN supervision and announced on December 17, 2015, was supposed to herald the formation of a unity government for Libya and begin the process of stabilizing a country that has been torn apart by four years of civil war. It did...
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Oilfield standoff mirrors Libya's conflict as U.N. seeks dialogue

Deep in Libya's southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing.
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Libya fails to restart El Sharara oilfield due to blocked pipeline

Libya on Wednesday abandoned an attempt to restart production at the El Sharara oil field, one of the country's biggest, after a pipeline blockage, state-run National Oil Corp said. The field, which used to pump at least 200,000 barrels a day, was caught up in the country's political strife when gunmen forced a production shutdown last week.
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INSIGHT-Struggle for Libyan oilfield reflects fractured nation's conflict

Libya's biggest oilfield, shut down by gunmen last week, may struggle to rebuild production as the conflict splintering the desert nation draws in ever more groups of fighters, including poor southern tribes staking a claim to land resources. The 340,000-barrels-a day El Sharara oilfield was attacked last week by gunmen who shut off a main source of government revenue and shattered hopes the oil industry would escape Libya's turmoil three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
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