Libya's El Feel oilfield resumes production
Tripoli, June 15, 2014
Libya's western El Feel oilfield has resumed production after security guards ended a protest at a connecting pipeline, an oil ministry official said on Sunday.
Production will reach 80,000 barrels a day within 24 hours, said Ibrahim Al-Awami, head of the ministry's inspection and measurement department. The field is jointly operated by state-owned National Oil Corp and Italy's ENI.
Protesters blocking the pipeline to the western Mellitah port shut down the field late in March, part of a nationwide disruption of oilfields and ports to pressure the weak central government over a range of political and financial demands.
The field used to produce around 85,000 bpd before the shutdown.
Oil output had fallen to less than 200,000 bpd in the past few weeks, down from 1.4 million bpd in July when a wave of protests started.
Three years after a Nato-backed revolt toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's oil infrastructure is vulnerable to new and continued protests, given that opposition groups are fractured and lack a joint leadership. - Reuters