Groups Of Armed Men Invaded The Al-Sharara Field In Libya
A group of unknown armed men broke into the territory of the largest oil field in Libya, al-Sharara, with a demand to immediately stop the production of raw materials. This is stated in an urgent statement of the National Oil Corporation, NOC Libya, published on Tuesday on its Facebook page.
"The national oil Corporation confirms that armed groups invaded the al-Sharara field and demanded that employees immediately stop production a few hours after production resumed," the report said.
Meanwhile, NOC management instructed employees not to obey "any military orders related to the operation and maintenance of [the field] due to lack of competence and lack of understanding of the consequences."
According to the statement, stopping oil production as a result of the invasion of armed groups can lead to "extremely serious consequences for the infrastructure of the field and Libya as a whole." In connection with the incident, the NOC intends to contact the relevant international organizations, such as Interpol, soon, the report says.
According to the Al Hadath TV channel, members of the armed groups that committed the invasion belong to the Libyan national army (LNA) under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
The situation in Libya
On June 7, Libya's NOC announced the resumption of oil production at the country's largest field, al-Sharara. As indicated in the NOC, oil production will resume at the level of 30 thousand barrels per day. The Corporation noted that production at al-Sharar will fully recover within 90 days. Oil production at the field stopped about five months ago. The closure of al-Sharara, according to NOC data, brought the country losses of more than $5 billion.
In mid-January, the country's main filling terminals in the "oil Crescent" stopped working in Libya. The national Corporation was forced to declare a situation of force majeure due to the inability to fulfill its contractual obligations. On January 19, the largest oil field of al-Sharara and nearby Al-Fil were closed, with daily production of approximately 400 thousand barrels per day. With the termination of the operation of two fields located 800 km South-West of Tripoli and the Declaration of force majeure on them, the entire oil industry in Libya has virtually stopped.
In Libya, there have been two parallel bodies of Executive power for several years: the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is internationally recognized and meets in Tripoli, and the interim Cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, which operates in the East of the country jointly with the Parliament and is supported by the LNA. Despite the attempts of the international community to encourage them to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, the forces of the NTC and LNA periodically engage in clashes, constantly accusing each other of violating the truce.