Libya to reopen largest oil field

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-27 03:53:07|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The UN-backed Libyan government on Tuesday announced that Sharara oil field, the largest in the country, will be reopened after lifting the state of force majeure declared in the field.

On the sidelines of his visit to United Arab Emirates, Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj held a meeting with the chairman of the state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla in Abu Dhabi and agreed for the corporation to take necessary security arrangements in the field, according to Serraj's information office.

"He (Serraj) confirmed that he would not tolerate any individuals or groups trying to obstruct the work of the NOC in any of its facilities or threaten the safety of its employees," the office said in a statement.

In December last year, the NOC declared force majeure in Sharara oil field, following forced closure of the field by an armed group.

The eastern-based army has taken over the field recently and called on the NOC to lift the state of force majeure in the field. However, the NOC demanded all military personnel to leave before reopening the field.

Sharara is located some 900 km south of the capital Tripoli and has the capability of producing over 300,000 barrels of crude oil daily.