ZAWIYA, Libya, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Libya is stepping up fuel
imports, with four tankers queuing at one port as the OPEC
producer’s second-largest refinery is running at only half its
capacity due to oilfield strikes, a senior official said.
A mix of militias, tribesmen and civil servants demanding
political rights or a greater share of Libya’s oil wealth have
occupied several oilfields and ports, cutting exports to 110,000
barrels per day (bpd) from over 1 million bpd in July.
TRIPOLI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – When Libyan coastguard officer
Ashraf El-Badri needs to dispatch a boat to stop illegal
migrants heading for Europe, his options are limited – ask the
oil ministry for a tug, use an ageing fishing boat or board an
European governments are counting on officials like Badri to
stop an influx of hopeful migrants from setting off from Libya’s
shores to reach Italy and Malta.
AJDABIYA/TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The leader of a
movement pushing for greater autonomy in eastern Libya said on
Sunday he would not end the blockade of several oil-exporting
ports, dashing hopes of a resolution to a three-month standoff
with the Tripoli government.
The announcement was a blow to Prime Minister Ali Zeidan who
had said he expected the blockage to end on Sunday after almost
two weeks of negotiations with eastern tribal leaders to free up
the vital trade.
TRIPOLI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Libya’s government expects
eastern tribes to reopen three oil ports this weekend as pledged
but refuses to deal with an autonomy movement demanding a share
of oil exports, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, tribal leaders blocking three eastern ports that
had shipped around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil said
they would end the stoppage on Sunday but some also demanded the
government share oil exports.
TRIPOLI, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Leaders of a movement seeking
autonomy for Libya’s eastern Cyrenaica region said on Tuesday
they could allow oil exports to resume on Sunday from several
ports if Tripoli meets their demands and allows the region to
take its share of crude.
Public pressure has been building on the movement seeking
autonomy in the oil-rich Cyrenaica to reopen the biggest oil
ports it seized as export have dried up the budget – Libya’s
TRIPOLI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Libya has burned through $7
billion from its foreign currency reserves to offset the impact
of oil strikes, and will have to spend up to $6 billion more
this month to keep the country running, the deputy central bank
If the strikes by armed militia members and tribesmen
continue to prevent exports, the central bank will restrict
access to dollars next year to safeguard the Libyan dinar, and
may consider a devaluation, Ali Mohamed Salem told Reuters.
TRIPOLI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Libya is exporting 130,000
barrels per day (bpd) of oil as strikes at its main ports and
fields coupled with domestic refinery demand keep shipments at a
fraction of July’s levels, the country’s deputy oil minister
said on Monday.
A mix of militias, tribesmen and political minorities
demanding a greater share of Libya’s oil wealth and more
political power have shut most oilfields and ports, cutting oil
output from 1.4 million bpd five months ago.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday his government will be unable to pay public salaries and may have to seek loans if armed militias blockading oilfields and ports continue to choke off crude shipments.
Zeidan’s warning and renewed armed clashes, including an attack on a centuries-old shrine near Tripoli, have added to a growing sense of chaos in the OPEC producer two years after the NATO-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At least 32 people were killed and almost 400 wounded in gun battles between Libyan militiamen and armed residents in Tripoli on Friday in some of the worst street fighting in the capital since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is struggling to control rival militias, Islamist militants and other former fighters who refuse to surrender their arms two years after helping to oust Gaddafi in a NATO-backed revolt.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Six people were killed and dozens more wounded in clashes between militiamen and armed residents in the capital Tripoli on Friday, state television said, in a further challenge to Libya’s weak government.
The third outbreak of street fighting within 10 days underscored Libya’s struggle to contain regional militias that helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi two years ago but kept their guns. Armed disorder has blocked most oil exports for months.