Libyan oil production restored after clashes

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on 22 March that production of Libyan oil was restored after the fighting for the control of key oil terminals to 700 000 barrels per day (bpd). The clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar and the Islamist Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) near the oil terminal of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf cut oil production by up to 35,000 bpd.

Libyan oil production has fluctuated since 2011, mainly due to political instability, the growing influence of General Haftara and the LNA supported by Russia, and the declining support of the Government of National Accord (GNA). The EU urged Russia to mediate an agreement between Haftar and the GNA to avoid further political rivalry. Yet, concerns about how Russia could take advantage of the situation persist, indicated Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. forces in Africa, on 24 March. Russia has also reportedly sent special forces to Egypt nearby the Libyan-Egyptian border, something Moscow has denied.

About author: Michaela Ceklová

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