Libyan state company NOC resumes oil production

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The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) has lifted the state of emergency at oil fields and resumed production, according to September 19 Reuters.

At the same time it is noted that the state of emergency will remain at those sites where the militants continue to remain.

September 12 commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced his intention to end an eight-month siege of the country’s oil facilities.

Moscow endorsed that decision by Eastern Libyan authorities

Libya’s largest oil field Al Sharara was closed in January at the request of representatives of Libyan tribes working there, and at the same time the El-Fil field located near it was closed. With termination of these fields’ operation the whole oil industry of Libya actually stopped.

One month later the NOC reported the loss of more than $2 billion due to downtime of the oil industry.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the same year, armed conflicts between different groups have not stopped in Libya. There is a dual power: in the east, the parliament elected by the people, which cooperates with the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord (GNC), formed with the support of the UN and the EU, Fayez Sarraj.