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Libya’s National Oil Corporation hopeful of ports reopening

The chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) has described efforts to reopen four oil export ports in the war-torn country as a top priority.

The four ports – Es Sider, Zawiya, Ras Lanuf and Zueitina – account for about 860,000 barrels a day in crude exporting capacity and have been shut due to the five-year civil war that has decimated oil exports from the country that boasts Africa’s greatest oil reserves.

“The opening of the ports and the increase of production are absolutely our top priorities,” NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in remarks published Monday on the NOC’s website. “We have heard hopeful noises in recent days about the opening of the ports.”

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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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