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Libya reopens oilfields, adds 10,000 bpd crude output

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Libya has reopened three eastern oilfields closed since June due to attacks by armed groups at the eastern ports Sider and Ras which caused a catastrophe in the area.

The reopening has added about 10,000 barrels a day (bpd) of crude production, a spokesman for state oil firm NOC said on Wednesday.

Reuters reported that engineers restarted the al-Bayda oilfield late on Tuesday.

The field has a capacity of around 12,400 bpd but due to power supply issues NOC expects to pump only 6,000 bpd from the field, for now, a NOC source said.

NOC chairman said that Libya is producing as much as 1.3 million bpd, the highest level since mid-2013 when a wave of protests and blockades by armed groups and staff began that has hampered output in the OPEC oil producer.

In spite of several attacks on the National Oil Company, NOC still appears to be productive.  NOC recently said that it has continued to manage its operations normally throughout the country, without loss of production, after the attacks on the company.

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