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Libya’s NOC discusses Sharara oil field crisis with Repsol

*A worker checks pipes and valves at El Sharara oilfield. Deep in Libya’s southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing. 

10 February 2019, Dubai — Libya’s state-run National Oil Corp said on Saturday that its Chairman Mustafa Sanalla had discussed a crisis at the Sharara oil field with Repsol executives in Tripoli.

“Both parties called for a cessation of hostilities and armed conflict in and around the facility, essential to resume production operations,” it said of Thursday’s talks.

The North African nation’s biggest field is a focus of the conflict between the Tripoli-based internationally recognized government and a rival administration based in eastern Libya.

Protesters and tribesmen halted production at the Repsol-operated field, located in southern Libya, in December. The eastern-based government dispatched a force to seize the field on Wednesday.

Oil production in Libya, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has been disrupted since the armed uprising that toppled Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

*Maher Chmaytelli; Editing: Alexander Smith – Reuters

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