Clashes for oil ports in eastern Libya continue

Fighting between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Islamist Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) continued near the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports on 6 March as General Haftar's LNA failed to repulse the attackers despite using airstrikes. The clashes broke out after the BDB assaulted the oil ports on 3 March. 

Haftar's soldiers captured the two terminals from the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) in September 2016. Oil production in Libya has decreased due to civil war, fluctuating around 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) – far below the 1.6 million bpd Libya produced before the 2011 uprising. The Tripoli-based National Oil Corp, which runs the ports, held an emergency meeting to discuss how to proceed while the PFG announced plans to take the ports back. Two tankers of Austrian oil and gas giant OMV were expected to take some 630,000 barrels of oil on March 7 and 9 March but one of them was already diverted to Brega. 

About author: Matteo Latorraca


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