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Political tensions in Libya disrupt production of oil and gas

Ceased production at the oil fields of Al-Sharara and Al-Feel and stop the activity at the oil port of Zueitina

Political tensions in Libya are having an impact devastating on national oil and gas production, with the National Oil Corporation (NOC) that this weekend has declared the state of force majeure for the forced cessation production at the Al-Sharara and Al-Feel oil fields, and the stop of production at the port gasification plant of Zueitina as well as of the activity in the same port Zueitina oil. Announcing the termination of these activity, the Libyan oil company specified that they are no longer able to meet their obligations contracts relating to oil deliveries and warned that this will have negative effects on the oil sector and energy and the Libyan economy in general.

The National Oil Corporation announced that on Saturday evening a group of individuals entered the field of Al-Feel, a field which is 33.3% owned by the Italian Eni, preventing workers from continuing production, which sunday is completely ceased making it impossible for the NOC to comply with the its contractual obligations. On Sunday, in addition, the company oil announced the closure of crude oil production and of gas in several fields, specified that "the National Oil Corporation - explained the president of the NOC, Mustafa Sanalla - is obliged to declare, until further notice, a state of force majeure in the oil port of Zueitina, including all deposits and production stations associated with this port and maritime structures'. Sanalla highlighted the need to avoid that the political conflicts taking place in the country have a impact on the oil sector, so as to ensure the flow of oil to world markets taking advantage of the current boom of prices, "this - he specified - with the aim of to promote the country and to repair what has been destroyed by wars".

Appeal that at the moment has fallen on deaf ears since just a few hours later the NOC was forced to close gradually also the production at the oil field of Al-Sharara, also declaring in this case the state of force greater, as - the Libyan company announced - a group of individuals put pressure on workers to production should be stopped.

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