Libya resumes Wafa oil field operations following protests

Hatem Mohareb, Bloomberg February 26, 2024

(Bloomberg) – An oil field in western Libya and a natural gas link to Italy resumed after a short halt as protesters withdrew from the facilities following assurances from the government that their demands would be met.

Shipments from the Wafa oil field, which produces 40,000 to 45,000 bpd, are back up after being halted on Sunday as guards at the facilities demanded better pay, according to a person familiar with the operations. The gas pipeline to Italy is also operating again, they said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

Protests have regularly disrupted oil and gas infrastructure and production in Libya. The biggest oil field, Sharara, had a weekslong force majeure, a clause in contracts allowing deliveries to be suspended, last month following similar demonstrations.

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