Libya's Sharara-Zawiya oil pipeline flows fall due to leak: source

May 9, 2018

Oil flows on the pipeline that connects the giant Libyan Sharara field to the Zawiya export terminal have dropped by around 30,000 b/d due to a pipeline leak, a source close to the matter said Tuesday.

The source said production from the country's largest oil field was continuing for now and only pipeline flows had been affected so far.

The Sharara field, which has a total capacity of 340,000 b/d, was producing around 300,000 b/d prior to the leak, according to the source.

An exact reason for the leak could not be confirmed. A spokesman at NOC was unavailable for comment.

Libya's production has remained stable at around 970,000 b/d in the past two months.

But the country's El Feel field remains shut-in due to security reasons. Pipeline disruptions have also been common in the past few years. In April, there was an explosion at a pipeline feeding the Es Sider terminal.

The OPEC country's output has recovered in the last year to nearly 1 million b/d, having dropped to as low as 300,000 b/d in the years following the 2011 revolution.

It remains vulnerable to losses, however, as militant groups continue to target key oil infrastructure.