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Libya oil output drops by around 85,000 b/d after attack on pipeline

24 April 2018

Libya's crude oil production was cut by around 85,000 b/d after an attack on a pipeline supplying the Es Sider oil terminal, state-owned National Oil Corporation said on April 22. NOC said the fire from the explosion at the pipeline from Al-Zidah to Es Sider was soon extinguished and repairs were expected to be completed within a few days.

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The company said it expected losses of between 70,000 b/d and 100,000 b/d, and confirmed that the fire was the result of a sabotage, but did not say who carried out the attack.

The OPEC country's output has recovered in the last year to nearly 1 million b/d, having dropped to as low as 300,000 b/d in the years following the 2011 revolution. It remains vulnerable to losses, however, as militant groups continue to target key oil infrastructure.

The attack occurred 21 km northwest of Mourada, NOC said. An earlier explosion at the pipeline in late December had led to a similar loss of output.

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