Libya Pipeline Explosion Called Sabotage

16 Feb 2015   Libya

Libyan oil officials have blamed saboteurs for blowing up a pipeline and stopping flows from the country’s largest oil field. The fire from the Saturday explosion was extinguished on Sunday, the state-owned National Oil Co. said. The blast affected the pipeline from Sarir, until now the country’s highest-producing oil field at 185,000 barrels a day, said the company on its website over the weekend. The blast came after gunmen assaulted a U.S.-Libyan oil field Friday and less than two weeks after gunmen claiming to represent Islamic State killed nine guards and kidnapped at least three workers at a nearby Libyan-French facility. The field attacked on Saturday is operated by an NOC subsidiary. Libya’s production level fell to about 325,000 barrels a day in January from almost 900,000 barrels in October. Production has been dented by an armed conflict between two rival governments and now oil officials fear foreign terrorist […]

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