Libya's Oil Output Slashed as Export Row Rages

Eastern NOC marketing manager Almabruk Sultan said the board of directors was trying to check whether the contract with Glencore complied with international trade laws, but they had not received a copy of the contract yet.

"The Glencore issue has nothing to do with politics," he said.

The eastern NOC has been in touch with the unity government in Tripoli as it tries to reunite the eastern and western branches, but "the process is slow," Sultan added.

"We are for the unity of both NOCs and the unity of Libya, but it has to be done in a fair and just way."

Prior to the latest dispute over exports from Hariga, Libya's oil production had already fallen to less than a quarter of the 1.6 million bpd it was producing before the 2011 uprising that toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi.

(Additional reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar in London; Writing by Aidan Lewis and Ahmad Ghaddar; Editing by Patrick Markey and Dale Hudson)


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