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UN Mission Welcomes Resumption of Production in Libya’s Largest Oil Field

UN Mission Welcomes Resumption of Production in Libya’s Largest Oil Field

Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 - 06:15
Acting Special Rep. of the Secretary-General for Libya Stephanie Williams met in Tunisia on Monday with President Kais Saeid. (Tunisian Presidency)

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the resumption of production at Sharara, the country’s largest oil field.


In a statement on Sunday night, it said: “The resumption of oil production at Libya’s largest oil field was due to the improved security situation in Sharara following discussions with security actors, notably in Egypt's Hurghada.”


“Ensuring the unimpeded exploitation of Libya’s oil resources and effective management of its oil revenues is a shared national interest. This decision reflects the constructive atmosphere created in the lead-up to the reconvening by UNSMIL intra-Libyan military and political talks,” it added in a tweet.


Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Stephanie Williams met in Tunisia on Monday with President Kais Saeid to discuss ongoing preparation for the holding of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.


The forum will be hosted by Tunisia in early November.


Williams briefed Saied on ongoing preparation for the holding of the meeting and related various consultations, tweeted the UNSMIL.


She expressed her gratitude for Tunisia's “continuous support to the UN efforts to an inclusive political solution to ensure peace and stability in Libya and the region.”


Germany on Monday welcomed the roadmap for intra-Libyan peace talks that was presented by the UN mission. In a statement, the foreign ministry said that the plan paves the way for a ceasefire, agreement on a new united government and parliamentary and presidential elections.


It called on all active political actors in Libya to constructively support this process and for their foreign backers to positively influence the warring parties.


Interior Minister in the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha hailed the UN mission’s efforts to bring together rival parties and end the political crisis.


He stressed that his ministry will spare no effort to ensure that security and political stability are restored in the country.


Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said it was lifting force majeure on Sharara oil field from Sunday, and a Libyan source said initial output there will be 40,000 barrels per day (bpd), with total production in the country at 355,000 bpd on Monday.


NOC said in a statement it had given directions to the operator of the Sharara oil field Acacus to start production arrangements, taking into consideration public safety and process safety standards.


Sharara was producing 300,000 bpd of oil before the blockade. Crude from Sharara will be prioritized to feed the Zawia oil refinery, the Libyan source said, according to Reuters.


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