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Libya: Tribesmen Say They Have Closed Shahara, el-Feel Oilfields

Libya: Tribesmen Say They Have Closed Shahara, el-Feel Oilfields

Sunday, 19 January, 2020 - 15:00
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the El Sharara oilfield, Libya December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo
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A group representing southern Libyan tribesmen said on Sunday it had closed the southern El Shahara and El Feel oilfields, virtually halting all of Libya’s oil output during a major international peace summit for Libya in Berlin.


The leader of the Fezzan Anger group, Bashir al-Sheikh said they had shut two fields, just two days after other fields in the east of the country were also shut.


El Sharara has production of abound 300,000 bpd and El Feel produces some 70,000 bpd.


A field engineer reached by telephone said a valve from the field had been closed.


The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has earlier warned that any shutdowns could have a lasting impact.


NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said earlier on Friday: “The oil and gas sector is the lifeblood of the Libyan economy and the single source of income for the Libyan people ... They are not cards to be played to solve political matters,”


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