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Libyan Oil Company Lifts Force Majeure at Three Ports, Resumes Oil Exports

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Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) lifted force majeure at the three ports recently liberated from rival forces and announced renewal of oil exports, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said, as quoted by the company's press service on Thursday.

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CAIRO (Sputnik) — The ports located at Libya’s so-called oil crescent have been recently seized by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Haftar and the Tobruk-based parliament, opposed to the UN-backed government of national accord (GNA).

"NOC is in charge of the ports. They are secure, and we have been in contact with our foreign commercial partners… NOC is therefore lifting force majeure at all Oil Crescent ports. Exports will resume immediately from Zuetina and Ras Lanuf, and will continue at Brega, in accordance with the instructions given to me by House of Representatives and the Presidency Council. Exports will resume from Es Sidra as soon as possible," Sanalla said.

The NOC declared force majeure because of the events that prevented the company to export oil in line with its contract obligations beyond the company's control. According to the company, force majeure was declared at Es Sidra and Ras Lanuf in 2014 and at Zuetina in 2015. Oil exports from Brega were not affected by force majeure,

Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when a civil war began in the country and long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. In December, Libya’s rival governments — the Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress — agreed to create the GNA and end the political impasse.

The Tobruk-based administration claimed that the GNA in Tripoli had been distributing oil sale revenues unfairly. It said the Libyan armed forces had acted to protect the source of national income and end political blackmail that cost Libya $100 billion over the past three years.

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