The head of Libya’s state oil company said today that all oil installations in the restive North African country are undamaged.

Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), also said NOC was still overseeing Libya’s oil production and exports.

“NOC is still co-ordinating the production and exports… all the Libyan oil installations are safe. Oil wells and oilfields are not damaged,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters from his office in Tripoli.

He said oil output had fallen by almost half because workers had left.

“Almost half of the production went down. Some fields are still producing at capacity. Some are closed. It depends on the labour,” he said.

“If they come back it is well protected and production can continue as before,” he added.