Libya oil revenues increase after field recovered from militants

Libya reports oil revenue increase following recapture of key field from rivals
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28 April, 2019
Libya's oil authority has said that oil revenues increased by as much as 20 percent in March, following the recapture of the Sharara oil field from rival forces.
The Sharara oil field had been closed for three months [Getty]

Libya's National Oil Corporation says monthly oil revenues increased by 20 percent to more than $1.5 billion in March, after forces loyal to a military commander captured an oil field from another militia that had closed it for three months.

NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said late on Saturday, however, that the latest fighting in Tripoli threatens production.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army captured the Sharara oil field in southwestern Libya in February and allowed the NOC to resume operations there. Earlier this month, his forces advanced on the capital, where they are battling armed groups loosely allied with a weak, UN-backed government.

The NOC has remained neutral in the fighting that has engulfed the country since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.