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LNA Takes Over El Sharara Field

Thursday, February 7, 2019

In Libya, forces loyal to the Libyan commander in the East, Khalifa Haftar, have captured the El Sharara oilfield. Haftar Libyan National Army (LNA) forces took over the facility from armed tribesmen and state guards. The LNA said it had met no resistance.

The LNA called on state-run oil firm, NOC, to lift the force majeure that was placed on the field when it shut in production at the 315,000 bpd field.

The oilfield was taken over by groups of tribesmen, armed protesters and state guards demanding salary payments and development funds almost two months ago.

In January, Haftar’s forces started an offensive in the south to fight militants and secure its oilfields, and on Wednesday made good on the promise by moving on the El Sharara field.

“Our forces arrived safely at the field,” a spokesman for the forces, Ahmed Mismari, told a news conference.

NOC operates Sharara in partnership with Repsol, Total, OMV and Equinor. According to a Twitter post by OMV, the field could reopen in March.