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LNA urges NOC to resume production at El Sharara Oil Field

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

El SHARARA – The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) urged the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to resume production at El Sharara oil field after LNA handed it over to the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), which will be in charge of securing the field.

PFG officially took the task of securing and guarding the field from LNA military commanders over there, the Head of PFG, Major General Naji al-Mughribi, announced on Tuesday.

PFG was to set a process of developing full security plans to secure the field, to be launched on Tuesday, he explained.

The announcement comes in an effort to encourage NOC to resume production halted since last December.

The field, which produced about 315,000 barrels per day, was closed after being seized by a group of tribesmen who had demands including financial ones. Therefore, NOC declared the status of force majeure in the field.

The General Commander of LNA, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, recommended not to disrupt the production of oil from the field, and called on NOC to end the case of force majeure in El Sharara oilfield, al-Mughribi stressed.

There has been no official comment from NOC, but Reuters quoted a spokesman on Tuesday as saying, “NOC will reopen El Sharara oilfield only after an inspection to establish security,” adding, “NOC has sent an inspection team to assess security at El Sharara and to verify that all armed militia have left the field prior to force majeure being lifted.”

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