Libyan oil terminals closed over bad weather

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-01 02:30:50|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Friday that oil terminals have been closed because of bad weather conditions.

"NOC confirms that a number of crude oil terminals in the country are closed because of persistent bad weather, with loading schedules currently postponed," NOC said in a statement.

Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, Zawiya and Es Sider terminals are all non-operational, and because of high waves, Brega terminal might have to halt operations this afternoon, it said.

Daily production of crude oil had decreased by 150 barrels per day and likely to lose an additional 50,000 barrels as a result of lack of additional storage capacity, the statement added.

"Projections based on the new production level indicate that Es Sider tanks will be full within two days. Should bad weather persist, 150,000 barrels of Sharara production could also be affected," it explained.

Libya produces more than a million barrels of crude oil per day.

Libyan oil sector struggles with production instability because of repeated closure of oil fields and ports by protests and security threats.