Libya's NOC lifts force majeure at eastern ports, exports to resume

Reuters , Thursday 15 Sep 2016

Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar ride a pickup truck at the Zueitina oil terminal in Zueitina, west of Benghazi, Libya September 14, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS)

Libya's National Oil Corporation will lift force majeure at three ports seized days earlier by eastern forces, and exports will resume immediately at two of the ports, it said on Thursday.

NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said in a statement he had accepted a handover of the ports from forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar during a visit to Zueitina on Wednesday.

"Exports will resume immediately from Zueitina and Ras Lanuf, and will continue at Brega," Sanalla said, adding the decision was taken according to instructions from both the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli and a parliament based in the east. "Exports will resume from Es Sider as soon as possible." 

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