Market snapshot of Libya’s oil and gas market

27 July 2023
The return of some sort of stability in the country plus the Ukraine invasion have put renewed focus on Libya as a source of oil and gas, especially given its proximity to Europe and the large potential of its untapped resources

Key points: 

> TRENDS: Libya was Opec’s seventh-largest crude oil producer in 2021. Production currently sits at about 1.2 million barrels a day (b/d), still far lower than the post-2000 peak of nearly 1.8 million b/d.

> PRE-EXECUTION CONTRACTS: Libya’s National Oil Corporation and its subsidiaries have projects worth $7.4bn lined up for award, of which nearly $5bn could be awarded in the next two years

> GEOGRAPHY: Most of Libya’s recoverable oil reserves – approximately 93 per cent of the country’s total – are in the onshore Sirte Basin in the northeast and Murzuq Basin in the southwest. Many other potential basins have remained unexplored due to political instability.


  1. Mellitah complex expansion and CO2 management: onshore development – Mellitah Oil & Gas: $700m

  2. Flowlines and associated facilities for gas well A-61 and oil well A-62 – Mellitah Oil & Gas: $700m

  3. Erawin field development: pipeline package – Zallaf Libya Oil & Gas: $300m

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