Libya Producing 235,000 Bpd, No El Sharara Output Yet


TRIPOLI, May 13 (Reuters) - Libya's oil production is at 235,000 barrels per day (bpd), but details of output at the large El Sharara oilfield were still unclear after protesters ended a shutdown, a spokesman for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday.

The NOC said on Monday the major oil-producing fields of El Sharara, El Feel and Wafa, as well as the pipelines connecting them to the port of Zawiya were expected to reopen after protesters reached a deal with the government.

Austria's OMV, one of the partners in the 340,000-bpd El Sharara, said on Tuesday operations there had not yet restarted, but the company expected them to do so in the "upcoming days".

The pipeline network in western Libya has been closed by protesters since March, forcing the shutdown of the oilfields, including El Sharara.

A government deal to reopen major oil ports controlled by a separate rebel movement in the east of the country looks likely to unravel over the movement's opposition to the appointment of a new prime minister.

While a deal in April led to the reopening of the two smaller eastern terminals of Hariga and Zueitina, the larger ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider remain shut pending more talks.

Three years after a NATO-backed revolt toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's oil infrastructure remains the target of protests and shutdowns, usually by brigades of former rebels who refuse to disarm or recognise the state's authority.

Libyan production was around 1.4 million bpd before the protests started.

(Reporting by Feras Bosalum; additional reporting by Georgina Prodhan in Vienna; writing by Patrick Markey; editing by Jason Neely)


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