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        Libya’s NOC Lifts Force Majeure from all Exports

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        Argus Media - Libya's state-owned NOC has lifted force majeure (FM) restrictions from all Libyan oil exports, ending blockades that have curtailed onshore shipments out of the country since January.

        The company warned that production recoveries will be slow, given infrastructural damage sustained during the extended shutdowns of fields and ports.

        Libya's eastern ports of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, Marsa el-Brega and Marsa el-Hariga were blockaded in mid-January by the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) that previously protected them, at the instruction of Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA).

        NOC lifted FM at the port of Es Sider on 8 July, but the first vessel that attempted loading — the Unipec-chartered Delta Ocean — was subsequently prevented from entering the port by the PFG that day. The Vitol-fixed Kriti Bastion began loading at Es Sider yesterday, according to shipping sources and tracking data. The tankers were both slated to collect crude from storage. The Delta Ocean has since departed Es Sider, leaving it unclear why it was not accommodated at the port. One shipping source said that the Es Sider terminal may have been unable to accommodate a vessel of its Suezmax size, in contrast to the smaller Kriti Bastion.

        The NOC statement does not address production from western fields, which have been occupied by tribal factions and foreign mercenaries, including Russian paramilitary agency Wagner Group. A Libya source said that production will also be able to restart at these assets — namely the 300,000 b/d El Sharara field and the nearby 130,000 b/d-capacity El Feel that typically produces 70,000-80,000 b/d — although sustained output remains under question amid infrastructural challenges and tenuous security conditions.

        NOC previously attempted to restart El Sharara and El Feel in early June after progress in diplomatic talks between Libyan and international actors, but militias intervened to halt production within days of the restart.

        Since January, Libya's only reliable crude exports have come from the offshore Bouri and Al Jurf fields, for two to three 600,000 bl cargoes a month. NOC last week restarted 30,000 b/d of production at the Agoco-run Mesla field, with 10,000 b/d first directed to the Sarir refinery and the remaining volumes bound for storage.