EXCLUSIVE: Libya rebels eye oil restart in weeks
The resumption of oil production, and exports, from rebel-controlled Libyan oilfields is vital to the success of the insurgency. Derek Brower reports from Benghazi
OIL production from the key, rebel-held Sarir and Misla
oilfields in eastern Libya could be on stream again within
weeks, senior sources in the Transitional National Council (TNC)
claimed. The export pipeline connecting the fields to Tobruk
has not been damaged, they added.
The oilfields, which produced around 300,000 barrels a day
(b/d) before the rebellion began on 17 February, were shut in
after forces loyal to Muammar Qadhafi shelled surface
facilities above Misla on 4 April. An advisor to Arabian Gulf
Oil (Agoco), which operates the fields, told Petroleum
Economist in an interview in Benghazi that a team of
specialists was dispatched to the facilities on 14 April...