By Sami Zaptia.
London, 28 November 2019:
Libya’s state National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed today that following the cessation of military activity at the El-Feel oil field, production has resumed today.
It added that ‘‘No NOC employees were harmed. Facilities sustained some minor damage but workers were able to resume production once conditions were deemed safe’’.
NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said: “I remind all parties that Libya’s oil and gas fields are vital sources of revenues for the benefit of all Libyans. They must not be treated as military targets.”
“Any fighting in the vicinity of any of our facilities forces us to cease production, in order to ensure the safety of our employees. When production ceases, all Libyans lose out.”
The El-Feel field had stopped production yesterday after forces aligned to the internationally recognized Tripoli government led by Faiez Serraj attacked forces guarding the field, aligned with Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA).
Today, there are conflicting reports as to who still controls the field after the LNA had yesterday mounted a counterattack, including air strikes, to reclaim control of the field.