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How much longer can Libya's NOC defy political gravity?

Output has soared and the state firm is targeting another 30% increase by year-end. Politics remains the big obstacle

National Oil Corporation (NOC) deserves the plaudits. Libya's oil production, hovering around 1m barrels a day in July and August, is about four times greater than a year ago. Mustafa Sanallah, the company's chairman, wants yet more, hoping to lift output to 1.3m b/d by end-2017. Civil war, political chaos and the ever-present risk of disruptions remain headwinds. As if to remind everyone of the delicate balance achieved by NOC in recent months, on 6 August gunmen stormed the control room at Zawiya, a port in northwest Libya that is the terminus for a pipeline from Sharara, Libya's largest producing oilfield. The disruption, the result of rivalry between militias at the port, looked like i

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