• 4 minutes Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Obama's Attempted Coup Against Trump
  • 7 minutes Countries with the most oil and where they're selling it
  • 10 minutes Stack gas analyzers
  • 13 minutes What Would Happen If the World Ran Out of Crude Oil?
  • 13 hours US Military Spends at least $81 Billion Protecting OPEC Persian Gulf Oil Shipping Lanes (16% DoD Budget)
  • 1 day China To Promote Using Wind Energy To Power Heating
  • 3 hours How many drilling sites are left in the Permian?
  • 13 hours "Undeniable" Shale Slowdown?
  • 24 hours Climate Change Protests
  • 22 hours Gas Flaring
  • 16 hours Overheating the Earth: High Temperatures Shortened Alaska’s Winter Weather
  • 14 hours Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Trump's Attempts to Interfere in the Special Counsel Investigation
  • 4 hours U.S. Refiners Planning Major Plant Overhauls In Second Quarter
  • 2 days Oil at $40
  • 5 hours Trudeau Faces a New Foe as Conservatives Retake Power in Alberta
  • 12 hours Everything Is Possible: Germany’s Coal Plants May Be Converted to Giant Batteries
  • 2 days Negative Gas Prices in the Permian
  • 2 days Japan’s Deflation Mindset Could Be Contagious

Breaking News:

Guaido Takes Strides To Topple Maduro

Megadeal Triggers M&A Spree In The Permian

Megadeal Triggers M&A Spree In The Permian

The megadeal between Chevron and…

ISIS Tries To Attack Libyan Oilfield

ISIS

Terrorists from the Islamic State have tried to attack the Dhara oilfield, sources from the Libyan National Army told local media. The LNA confronted the terrorists before the attack occurred, seizing a car that contained five explosive belts and several improvised explosive devices, the sources said, which were ready to be planted along oil lines near a train route.

UK-based, Saudi-funded Asharq Al-Awsat said the news confirmed some information it had received from LNA sources last November that told of ISIS plans to strike targets in the Oil Crescent—Libya’s oil heartland.

Last month, this information was reiterated by a senior official from U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), spokeswoman Robyn Mack. “At the moment, we believe that the organization (ISIS-Libya) is likely to give priority to the restructuring of security forces and infrastructure, and to launch strikes, which may include targets in the Libyan oil crescent.”

Since September last year, the Oil Crescent has been under the control of the Libyan National Army, which is affiliated with the eastern government but working with the National Oil Corporation to protect the area from militant groups. An LNA general confirmed the AFRICOM information, saying that IS forces have made more than one attempt to enter the heart of Libya’s oil industry, but have thus far been repelled by the LNA.

The Dhara oilfield is operated by local company Waha in partnership with U.S. Hess, Marathon Oil, and ConocoPhillips. In December, Waha suffered a pipeline bombing that cost Libya up to 100,000 bpd in lost production, even though the company immediately diverted the flow of oil to the Es Sider terminal through another pipeline.

Although Libya has agreed to cap its 2018 oil production at the 2017 levels as part of its contribution to the OPEC production cut pact, the country has struggled to raise its production significantly above 1 million bpd—the level it reached this summer for the first time since 2013.

By Irina Slav for Oilprie.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • Jeffrey Pickett on February 05 2018 said:
    ISIS not as effective now that it's support from the Obama/Clinton/Brennan administration has been cut off.

Leave a comment

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