NOC to Load First Oil in a Year from Es Sider

Posted by Michelle Howard
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Libya is due to start loading its first crude oil tanker in a year from top port Es Sider on Tuesday following a year-long blockade by eastern federalists, a Libyan oil official and trading sources said.

Germany's Wintershall has also resumed production for the 220,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Ras Lanuf oil export terminal for the first time since protests ended in July, Ibrahim al-Awami, general manager of inspections and measurement at the oil ministry, told Reuters.

A spokesman for Libya's National Oil Corp. said the country's total oil production had risen to 562,000 bpd, up from 535,000 bpd at the weekend.

(Reporting by Julia Payne in London, Ulf Laessing in Tripoli and Feras Bosalum in Benghazi; editing by Jason Neely)

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