Libya needs a week to repair blown-up oil pipeline: NOC

28 Dec 2017   Libya

A Libyan crude oil pipeline blown up on Tuesday will take about a week to repair, the head of state oil firm NOC told Reuters on Wednesday. A “terrorist group” was probably responsible for the explosion as such groups were roaming around in the desert where the remote field is located, said a spokesman for an eastern Libyan force tasked with protecting oilfields. The blast, about 130 km (80 miles) south of the Es Sider terminal, cut output by between 70,000 and 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to NOC, which said the cause was unclear. “It is estimated that the repair will take about one week from today,” NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanallah said in a written response to questions. “The damage is estimated as 30 to 35 meters of a 24 (inch) pipeline.” “This will not have a major effect in the marketing program, […]

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