Total restarts oil production in Libya

26 September 2011

Al-Jurf offshore platform produced 40,000 b/d before civil war began

France’s Total has become the first international oil company to resume production in Libya.

The oil major announced on 23 September it had started pumping crude oil again at the Al-Jurf offshore platform in the Mediterranean, around 100 kilometres off the Libyan coast.

Total operates Al-Jurf with German company Wintershall and the National Oil Company, producing 40,000 barrels a day (b/d) before activities ground to a halt in March as the armed conflict between Muammar Gaddafi and rebel forces escalated.

It will take “a few weeks” before production at the platform reaches pre-conflict levels, said a company spokesman.

On 13 September, local firm Arabian Gulf Oil became the first company to restart production. Prior to the hostilities, Libya produced 1.6 million b/d of crude.

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