Libya says oil field fire ‘under control’

06 September 2012, Sweetcrude, TRIPOLI – LIBYA’s National Oil Corporation, NOC, says it has controlled a fire that broke out Tuesday at the 35,000 barrel per day Amal field in the eastern Sirte basin, but crude output was still halted.

The blaze, which injured four people, was caused by a natural-gas leak and was extinguished after 45 minutes, NOC said Wednesday in a statement posted on its website.

The oilfield is operated by Harouge Oil Operations, a joint venture between NOC and Suncor Energy Inc.’s PetroCanada
NOC and Harouge are assessing the damage and plan to restore Amal’s production as soon as possible.

About one third of Libya’s production is received at the Amal oilfield from other fields located in the eastern part of the Sirte Basin, and then pumped to the Ras Lanuf Terminal.

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