Libya cuts oil production after Hafter's National Army shut down pipelines

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Libya cuts oil production after Hafter's National Army shut down pipelines

On Sunday, the 19th of January 2020, the National Oil Corporation of Libya had issued a statement saying that the Libya’s Internationally recognized Government based on Tripoli was forced to slash production in its sub-Saharan and Elephant oil fields after the Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which had been marching ahead towards Tripoli in a bid to take over the Internationally recognized government for long nine months, had shut down a pipeline carrying crude oil from the aforementioned oil fields.

In point of fact, latest move from Khalifa Haftar alongside its veiled allies who had long been blamed to support Haftar’s armies as part of their covert operation, came forth a day after the Libyan National Army had closed down a port of Libya and curbed out the nation’s crude oil export by half.

On top of that, following intervention of military forces from Kremlin and Ankara alongside a call of ceasefire from the Russian President Vladimir Putin, events appeared to have gone much weirder in Libya, apparently due to the latest Summit in Germany that would likely to focus on Libyan crises.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the National Oil Corp. of Libya said in a statement on Friday (January 19th), “The National Oil Corporation confirms that members of the Guard of the oil installations working under the command of the General Command of the Libyan National Army closed the Hamada-Zawia pipeline, which forced the Corporation to reduce oil production in the Sharara and Elephant fields. ”