LONDON: Libya’s crude oil production has recovered to nearly 40 percent of its pre-war capacity with exports set to rise as major western fields ramped up output after protesters agreed to reopen them.
Output has risen to 620,000 barrels per day (bpd), compared with its pre-war capacity of 1.6 million bpd, officials said today.
Libyan Prime minister Ali Zeidan said on Tuesday that the worst disruption to its main industry was costing around $130 million a day in revenues.
Finance Minister Alkilani Abdelkarim al-Jazi warned that the country could start dipping into financial reserves from next month if prolonged protests crippling the oil sector were not resolved.
Output from the El Sharara field has reached about 300,000 bpd and El Feel field has hit 70,000 bpd, Mustafa Sanalla, executive board member at National Oil Corp NOC said.
The fields re-opened earlier this week after being closed since Aug 27 when an armed group switched off pipeline valves connecting them to the ports..
Another Libyan oil official added that El Sharara was expected to reach full capacity of around 330,000 bpd by Thursday while output from the El Feel field would reach 90,000 bpd over the next few days as workers were still trying to get the water injection units going.