Libyan oil output plunges 60% in few days, government official

Fallout from clashes at eastern oil hub and Sidra port closure

17 December, 17:44

    A Libyan oil tanker in the port of Tripoli (archive) A Libyan oil tanker in the port of Tripoli (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - Libyan oil production has fallen by 60% over the past few days due to clashes between pro-government forces and Islamist militias in the country's eastern oil hub and the closing of the Sidra port, which handles the country's largest export volume. Reports were from an official in the government under Abdullah Al-Thinni, who added that prior to the fall, production in the hands of the government had been at 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), plus 340,000 in the areas controlled by Libya Dawn militias answering to the 'parallel' government in Tripoli.

    Libya Dawn militias on Wednesday denied reports that they had conducted an airstrike the previous day on an oil hub in the eastern part of the country.

    ''We have not used any aircraft,'' military spokesman Ismail Shoukri was quoted by Libyan media as saying. He added that the aim of the ground offensive was to ''lift the siege of the ports by outlaw groups''. The reference is to Ibrahim Jadran, former separatist and head of oil facilities guards who for almost a year blocked the ports used for export. (ANSAmed)

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