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Libya looks to double crude output

Cairo: Authorities in war-torn Libya are claiming they will try and double crude oil output to 800,000 barrels a day by the end of July, as the North African state looks to reopen pipelines and ports that have been closed because of the four-year civil war.

“There are efforts under way and initiatives that will be proposed during the blessed month of Ramadan to reopen the oil and gas pipelines to the ports of Zueitina, Zawiya and Mellitah,” Mohamed Elharari, a Tripoli-based spokesman of state-run National Oil Corp (NOC), told the Libya news agency Lana yesterday. “If these initiatives succeed, Libya’s crude output could rise to nearly 800,000 barrels a day,” he added.

Ships calling at Libya’s ports have been fired on in recent months.

NOC hopes to open Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, the nation’s largest and third-largest oil ports, in the coming month, both of which have been shut since last December.

Looking ahead, NOC has said it aims to boost oil production to 1m barrels a day by the end of 2015 and to 2.1m barrels by 2017.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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