• 5 minutes Mike Shellman's musings on "Cartoon of the Week"
  • 11 minutes Permian already crested the productivity bell curve - downward now to Tier 2 geological locations
  • 17 minutes WTI @ 67.50, charts show $62.50 next
  • 12 hours The Discount Airline Model Is Coming for Europe’s Railways
  • 1 day Newspaper Editorials Across U.S. Rebuke Trump For Attacks On Press
  • 18 hours Pakistan: "Heart" Of Terrorism and Global Threat
  • 5 hours Desperate Call or... Erdogan Says Turkey Will Boycott U.S. Electronics
  • 5 hours Venezuela set to raise gasoline prices to international levels.
  • 1 day Batteries Could Be a Small Dotcom-Style Bubble
  • 52 mins Renewable Energy Could "Effectively Be Free" by 2030
  • 17 hours Saudi Fund Wants to Take Tesla Private?
  • 1 day Starvation, horror in Venezuela
  • 18 hours Scottish Battery ‘Breakthrough’ Could Charge Electric Cars In Seconds
  • 1 day France Will Close All Coal Fired Power Stations By 2021
  • 1 day Don't Expect Too Much: Despite a Soaring Economy, America's Annual Pay Increase Isn't Budging
  • 10 hours Corporations Are Buying More Renewables Than Ever
Why China Will Continue To Buy Iranian Crude

Why China Will Continue To Buy Iranian Crude

While the United States sanctions…

Bears Are Back In The Oil Market

Bears Are Back In The Oil Market

In the midst of an…

Despite Pledges, Libya’s Al-Feel Oilfield Not Operational Yet

Libyan Oil Field

Continued political turmoil in Libya, with opposing factions fighting over oil infrastructure, is hampering the resumption of production at the Al-Feel oil field, a day after the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) agreed to lift a two-year-long blockade on a major pipeline fed by the Al-Feel field.

A faction of the PFG prevented the restart of production at Al-Feel, an employee at Mellitah Oil and Gas told Reuters on Thursday.

“El Feel oil field is not operating yet because the petroleum facilities guards from the Tebu who guard the field rejected the reopening,” the worker said, as quoted by Reuters.

Just yesterday, the Rayayina Patrols Brigade of the PFG agreed to end the blockade on the Rayayina pipelines that carry oil to the Zawia refinery and Mellitah terminals in western Libya from both the Al-Sharara and Al-Feel oilfields, which have been shuttered since the pipelines were first blockaded in 2014.

Reopening the pipelines could add more than 400,000 barrels per day to Libya’s oil production, and according to Khalid Shakshak, the Head of the Audi Bureau, reopening the pipeline would solve 70% of Libya’s economic woes.

Libya was exempt from OPEC’s collective production cut because of the civil unrest and factions fighting over control of the oil pipelines and export terminals. The country significantly increasing its crude oil output could jeopardize OPEC’s targeted total production cap of 32.5 million bpd. But the unrest continues, and the PFG and the east-based Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar continue to fight over control of the oil ports.

Related: The Self-Driving Vehicle Revolution Has Begun

According to secondary sources from OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report released on Wednesday, Libya’s November production was 575,000 barrels per day—up from 528,000 bpd in October, and up from 360,000 barrels per day in September.

Libya’s National Oil Company (NOC) says it has plans to increase production to 900,000 bpd in the near future, and to 1.1 million bpd in 2017—but the pipelines that carry oil from these two fields are crucial to that success.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News