UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Oil production in Libya currently stands at about 1.3 million barrels per day, but it could fall by 95% due to military operations in the country, said Mustafa Sanalla, head of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC).
“The current level of production is about 1.3 million barrels per day,” Sanalla told reporters.
“Unfortunately, if the current situation continues in this vein, then I’m afraid that about 95% of the production may be lost,” he answered the question of whether the fighting in Libya led to a loss of oil production and export.
After the overthrow and murder of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Now dual power reigns in the country. The parliament elected by the people under the leadership of Aguila Saleh sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the government of national consent (PNS) formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, headed by Fayez Sarraj, rules. The authorities in the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army.
On April 4, LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his forces to launch an attack on the capital for its “liberation from terrorists.” Armed units loyal to the government in Tripoli announced the start of the response operation “Vulcan of Wrath”. At the present time, positional battles continue in the area of the Libyan capital. According to the WHO, the death toll in the fighting exceeded 450 people, more than 2.1 thousand were injured.
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