Libya's unity government's oil minister says oil production is at 1.1mln bpd

Libya's unity government's oil minister says oil production is at 1.1mln bpd
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Libya has increased its oil production to 1.1 million barrels per day, the oil ministry said
Oil production has been a flashpoint of conflict throughout the last decade [Getty]

Libya's oil production is at 1.1 million barrels per day, the oil minister Mohammed Oun from the Tripoli-based Unity government told Reuters in a text message on Tuesday.

Oil production has been a flashpoint of conflict throughout the last decade, as warring factions fight over Africa’s third largest energy reserves. 

Last week, the country announced it will resume oil production across the country with immediate effect, after factions appear to have united around a new chairman for the National Oil Corporation. 

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New NOC chief Farhat Bengdara made the announcement on Friday after just days in the job. 

Bengdara was appointed on Wednesday by the Government of National Unity, after chairman Mustafa Sanallah was ousted by Abdulhamid Dbeibah following months of blockades and armed disputes over oil revenues. 

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

(Reuters contributed to this report)