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Libya western oil pipelines reopen, production up

September 17, 2013

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s official news agency says the country’s National Oil Corp. has partially lifted a force majeure on its contractual obligations with oil companies after gunmen in the west ended their closure of pipelines there.

LANA news agency reported Tuesday that work had resumed in the western Sharara and el-Feel, or Elephant, fields.

It comes after gunmen in the el-Riyayna area near the Nafusa Mountain range had shut down three oil pipelines linking the fields to refineries late last month.

The reopening of the pipelines unlocks around 452,000 barrels of oil a day, most of which is used domestically.

The bulk of oil production in the eastern part of Libya remains closed as federalists demand greater rights for the east.

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