Libyan Oil Corporation: end of the blockade of Sidra and Ras Lanuf

The Libyan National Oil Corporation said on Thursday that the blockade of the Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil ports has ended and export operations have returned to normal.

And the company said yesterday, Wednesday, that operations were back to normal even at the oil port of Hariga, after demonstrators ended the siege.

Previously, the National Oil Corporation in Libya had said, according to reports from two engineers from the ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf, that loading operations in the two Libyan oil ports had resumed last Friday.

An engineer at the port of Hariga said on Friday that exports are still suspended there, as some people are preventing the loading.

Libyan oil production exceeded 1.3 million barrels per day for most of 2021, but insecurity, political divisions and budget disagreements threaten to hinder production or stop exports in various fields or ports.

Last year, Eastern forces blocked almost all exports for months, which resulted in negotiations that came in the context of a broader effort to resolve the conflict in the country.

At the beginning of questyear, the National Oil Corporation declared force majeure on some exports, after its subsidiaries said they were not in unable to continue operating due to lack of budgetary funds.

The east-based parliament has repeatedly rejected budget plans for the interim unity government formed in March, as part of efforts to pace supported by the United States.

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