Libya's El Feel oilfield restarts production
Tripoli, May 14, 2014
Libya's El Feel oilfield has restarted production, a spokesman for National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Wednesday, as the country moves slowly to restore some of its output following protests that closed fields and ports.
The status of the larger El Sharara oilfield was still unclear, NOC spokesman Mohammed El Harari said, adding that national output was around 240,000 barrels per day (bpd), still far less than the roughly 1.4 million bpd before the protests started.
El Feel, which has a total capacity of 85,000 bpd, appeared to be starting slowly, making a small addition to the NOC's output estimate of 235,000 bpd on Tuesday.
The pipeline network in western Libya has been closed by protesters since March, forcing the shutdown of the oilfields.
NOC had said on Monday that the major oil-producing fields of El Sharara at 340,000 bpd, El Feel and Wafa, as well as the pipelines connecting them to the port of Zawiya, were expected to reopen after protesters reached a deal with the government. - Reuters