By BENOIT FAUCON
LONDON -- Libyas largest refinery has restarted production
after being shut down last year, the last major oil facility to
resume normal operations in the country following the civil war
and paving the way for the resumption of fuel oil exports.
Speaking to Dow Jones Newswires, Nuri Berruien, head of
Libya's National Oil Co., said the 220,000 bpd Ras Lanuf refinery in Eastern Libya has
restarted production...in the past four days.
But it isn't at full capacity, he said.
The facility, a key exporter of fuel oil to European markets
and which made up over half of Libya's refining output before the war, was
shut during the conflict that toppled Col. Moammar Gadhafi last
It had remained closed because of war damage and
insufficient feedstock from the fields that
But following repairs and a resumption of production that
has surprised many observers, it has now been able to return to
Libya's crude oil production reached 1.6 million bpd Sunday,
Mr. Berruien said, which he said was just under its pre-war
level of about 1.7 million bpd.
Dow Jones Newswires