Two Libyan Oil Fields Resume Operations, Increasing Production

Two Libyan Oil Fields Resume Operations, Increasing Production
Flags outside of the Wintershall offices near the Jakhira oasis in southern Libya, Tuesday, January 15, 2013. sb/Photo by Shawn Baldwin

Libya’s oil production has increased after the Amal and As-Sarah oilfields in the east of the country resumed operations, S&P Global reported.

Libya’s crude output has reached over two-month highs of roughly 1 million barrels per day (b/d), now that all the country’s oil terminals are open.

Both the Amal and As-Sarah fields contribute to the country’s oil exports. Crudes from both fields are a part of the Amna crude blend, which is shipped from the Ras Lanuf oil terminal.

“End of August we were able to start up production in C96 [oil block] again with a capacity of up to 50,000 b/d. Production volumes are still depending on availability of external export pipelines and capacity of loading terminals,” a spokesman from Germany’s Wintershall which operates the As-Sarah field stated.

The Amal field, operated by Harouge Oil Operations, a joint venture of the National Oil Corp and PetroCanada, is now producing a raised output of 25,000 b/d.

The Ras Lanuf terminal is currently receiving 30,000 b/d of crude, compared to 125,000 b/d in January-May this year.

The destruction of a number of storage tanks in June during fighting over terminals on Libya’s east coast, leaving storage capacity limited is a constraint on current export numbers.

Wintershall, which operates the NC-96 and NC-97 blocks inlcuding the As-Sarah field, has been locked in contract negotiations with the NOC since 2017 over the terms of their agreement.

 

Mariana Somensi 890 Posts

Mariana holds a Journalism Bachelor Degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil. The Brazilian journalist has 4 years of experience on the MENA region's affairs and over a year of experience on the oil and gas industry.

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