Libya’s National Oil Company Calls for Reopening Oil Fields, Ports

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) on Friday called for reopening the country’s oil fields and ports, closed in January by tribal leaders in protest against the UN-backed government.
“We call on those responsible for the closure to immediately lift the blockade and spare oil sector workers and citizens further suffering,” state-owned NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said.
On Thursday, the NOC said the country’s daily oil production has dropped from more than 1.2 million to less than 100,000 barrels per day, causing losses of more than 3 billion U.S. dollars so far.
Tribal leaders in eastern Libya had closed oil ports and fields, accusing the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj of using oil revenues to support armed groups against the east-based army led by rival General Khalifa Haftar.

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