Libyan Oil Field Fire 'Under Control'

DUBAI – Libya's National Oil Corp., or NOC, said Wednesday that it has controlled a fire that broke out Tuesday at the 35,000 barrel per day Amal field in the eastern Sirte basin, but crude output was still halted.

The blaze, which injured four people, was caused by a natural-gas leak and was extinguished after 45 minutes, NOC said in a statement posted on its website.

The oilfield is operated by Harouge Oil Operations, a joint venture between NOC and Suncor Energy Inc.'s PetroCanada

NOC and Harouge are assessing the damage and plan to restore Amal's production as soon as possible.

About one third of Libya's production is received at the Amal oilfield from other fields located in the eastern part of the Sirte Basin, and then pumped to the Ras Lanuf Terminal.


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A. Azedani | Sep. 5, 2012
It is certainly good news that fire has been extinguished and fatalities. But I would like to highlight that many production facitilies / installations in Libya require really good revamping and updating. Some technologies in fact are outdated and need change. This is in addition to the bad record in environmental protection, specifically in the oil fields though NOC has attemped in recent years to do something. I hope the NOC and its Foreign Partners will pay more attention in the proper maintenance, revamping and updating those oil production facilities in order to maintain the current production and most importantly to have a sustainable higher production that is being planned. With New Libya, I believe the Libyan society with its unknown structure to many insiders and outsiders alike will not allow greed take over. However, The ENVIRONMENTAL polution knows no border, thus, it is in the interest of all of us to have a stable energy prices with steady sustainable oil & gas production, and have such clean environment.


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