Libya’s largest oil field resumes pumping after reopening the pipeline running to Zawiya refinery, World Oil reported.
The operators of Sharara field were forced to halt crude pumping on March 4th after a local landlord closed a section of the pipeline crossing his land, Reuters reported.
Libya has been pumping 1.1 million barrels per day (mb/d) as of March 1st. Sharara oil field contributes more than quarter of this with 300,000 (b/d).
The field is operated by a joint venture company between Repsol SA, the National Oil Corporation (NOC), OMV AG, Total SA and Statoil ASA.
An additional disruption to Libyan oil production saw the NOC forced to evacuate the nearby El Feel oil field in February after the guards staged a strike over pay, according to Reuters.
The NOC had announced the closure of the facility after “members of Fazzan group from the Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG) threatened workers, entered the administrative offices in the field, tampered with official papers of the field administration and fired in the air”.