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New protest shuts in Libyan oil field

On 17 December, National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure at the 315,000 b/d Sharara oil field, which is operated by the Akakus Oil Operations joint venture and co-owned by NOC, Spain’s Repsol, France’s Total, Austria’s OMV and Norway’s Equinor. It had declared force majeure on exports from the Zawiya terminal of crude oil produced at Sharara on 9 December, the day the field was taken over by a militia named the 30th Light Infantry Battalion alongside a new popular movement uniting various civil society groups calling itself Ghathab Fezzan (Wrath of Fezzan).

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