Attack Shuts Major Libyan Oil Ports, Slashing Production

Attack Shuts Major Libyan Oil Ports, Slashing Production

The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated Thursday after armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar stormed them, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels per day (bpd).

At least one storage tank at the Ras Lanuf terminal was set alight following the early-morning attack, an engineer told Reuters. Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on loadings from both terminals.

The clashes between forces loyal to Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and rival armed groups continued throughout the day south of Ras Lanuf, where the LNA was targeting its opponents with airstrikes, local sources said.

Military sources said the LNA had withdrawn from both ports. The LNA took control of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf along with other oil ports in Libya’s oil crescent in 2016, allowing them to reopen after a long blockade and significantly lifting Libya’s oil production. Read More

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