Libya's Sharara-Zawiya oil pipeline flows 'normal' after maintenance: NOC

May 10, 2018

Oil flows on the pipeline that connects the giant Libyan Sharara field to the Zawiya export terminal are picking up to normal levels after some maintenance work, a spokesman from Libya's National Oil Corporation said Wednesday.

Earlier in the week, sources told S&P Global Platts pipeline flows to the Zawiya export terminal had dropped by around 30,000 b/d due to a leak.

'The slowdown was due to maintenance work and the situation is now normal,' the NOC spokesman said.

This outage had not affected production at the Sharara field, which was producing around 300,000 b/d prior to the maintenance.

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

But the country's El Feel field remains shut-in for 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 member'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.