A government based in eastern Libya has shipped its first cargo of crude in defiance of authorities in the capital Tripoli, a bold move that could deepen the divisions that have brought chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the eastern government attempted to export 650,000 barrels of oil this week, breaching UN resolutions, but that workers at the Marsa El-Hariga terminal had refused to load the shipment.
Libya's National Oil Corporation said on Saturday it was working with the UN-backed unity government, which arrived in Tripoli this week, to coordinate future oil sales and "put a period of divisions and rivalry behind us".
More attacks on Libya's oil facilities are likely unless a United Nations-backed unity government is approved, and militants hit one oilfield just last week, the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Monday.
Libya's crude oil production remains under 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) after militant attacks on oil facilities last week, the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday.
Oil output has
Commodities trader Glencore said it recognises Libya's Tripoli-based National Oil Corp (NOC) as the sole legal marketer of the country's oil, after securing an export deal earlier this year with the state-run company.
Libya's National Oil Company (NOC) and Central Bank chairmen engaged in another round of blitz meetings with oil majors in London in a renewed effort to stop its rival wooing its clients.
The head of the Tr
Libya's state oil firm NOC is in talks with tribal elders to try to reopen oilfields closed by protests but no breakthrough has been achieved yet, a spokesman for the National Oil Corporation said.
Libya has lifted force majeure at the major Ras Lanuf oil terminal, though restarting exports would take at least two days depending on available crude, a spokesman for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said.
Gunmen shot dead a senior oil official working for Iraq's state-run North Oil Company (NOC), police and company officials said.
NOC's chief of operations, Saad Al-Karbalaie, was killed in the northern o