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Libya's problems mount and threaten oil sector

The civil war ended the Qadhafi regime but persistent political chaos and violence is a growing threat to the country's oil sector

Gunfights and bombs were going off in Benghazi. Muammar Qadhafi's Green Army was battling for Ajdabiya, a 45-minute car ride down a highway strewn with blackened out tanks and heavy artillery, all destroyed by Nato's air power. In a room in the liberated east, Ali Tarhouni, the rebels' wartime economy minister, was telling Petroleum Economist about his plans for the country's future. Democratic Libya would need investors to help rebuild the country, he said, but oil production could rise to 3 million barrels a day, a near-doubling of the pre-war level. Already, the National Transitional Council (NTC), the fledgling rebel government, was seeking an oil minister with the stature to repair the

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