Output has been halted as the pipeline linking the Eni-operated field in the Murzuk basin south of Tripoli to the key export terminal has been closed, state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) said.
News of the shut-in came as Eni chief executive Paolo Scaroni met with new Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al Thani to discuss the Italian’s production in the country.
“The key issue discussed in the meeting was the importance of maintaining and increasing Eni’s current production levels in Libya, of fundamental importance for the country given that at present the company, jointly with NOC, operates the majority of overall Libyan hydrocarbon production, ensuring the generation of electricity for local use,” Eni said in a statement on Monday.
“Following the recent evolutions in the international political scene, (Scaroni) also underlined the growing importance of Libya to Italy’s gas supply security.”
The Elephant field, also known as El Feel, sits in Block NC174 some 800 kilometres south of the capital. Its production before it was shut in is believed to have been 125,000 barrels per day.