Libya’s El Sarir shut-in after pipeline attack

16 February 2015, News Wires – Libya’s El Sarir oilfield is still unable to pump oil to Hariga port after sabotage on a pipeline just north of the field where repairs are ongoing, according to reports.

Khalifa Mohamed Mazk inspects a pipeline at Marsa al Hariga oil port in the city of Tobruk, approximately 1,500 km (932 miles) east of TripoliThe pipeline was damaged and set on fire on Saturday, halting crude flows to Hariga, the last land-based oil export port still loading after two other large terminals were closed by factional fighting.

“The fire has been extinguished. There is only minor damage. We will need three days to fix it,” Reuters quoted an unnamed official as saying.

In addition to the El Sarir sabotage, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said in a statement that gunmen had also tried on Friday to attack the Bahi oil facility in central Libya, but did not cause any damage.

“The NOC warns that the number of oil installation guards currently in the fields is not enough to protect them and to address such attacks,” it said.

With the country caught in a power struggle between rival factions, Libya’s crude output has fallen to about 350,000 barrels per day, far off the 1.6 million bpd before the 2011 civil war that ousted former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

– Upstream

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