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25.02.2015

Wintershall resumes oil production in Libya Production volumes from onshore concession C96 are transported to Zueitina

The onshore oil production in Libya is still subject to temporary fluctuations caused by external influences on the export infrastructure. Currently it is not possible to load at the export terminal of Ras Lanuf. On Monday, 15 December Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) has declared force majeure for Ras Lanuf due to newly erupted militia fighting near the neighbouring port of Es Sider.

On 23/24 February, however, Wintershall Libya was able to resume production in Concession 96 (As Sarah). Crude exports of roundabout 30,000 barrels of oil per day are transported to Zueitina Terminal, which has resumed operations after strikes and technical problems along the export route were resolved.

For the time being, Wintershall Libya produces only from naturally flowing wells. Operations are entirely Libyan-staffed since the company had to withdraw all international staff (including contractors) due to the tense security situation in the country.

Wintershall constantly monitors the situation in Libya. The security of employees, their families, as well as the production facilities is of the highest priority. Meanwhile, the situation at the production sites in the Libyan Desert remains calm. The Wintershall Tripoli Office is currently being used on a very limited basis. Our (also here) exclusively Libyan duty staff are primarily working from home.

Background: 
Due to the blockade of export facilities on the coast, onshore oil production had to be halted in July/August 2013 at the request of NOC. On 22 September 2014, Wintershall was able to resume production in Concession 96 in the Eastern Sirte Basin upon NOC approval once the blockades were lifted. Production was stabilised at about 35,000 bbl/d and lasted until 21 December, when fighting near the export ports and renewed blockades had led NOC to declare force majeure and request from companies in the area to temporarily suspend production again.

Contact: Stefan Leunig