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No significant news in 2024.


Aug 2023: Mellitah awarded Saipem a US$1bn EPCIC contract for the offshore Bouri Gas Utilization Project. It will revamp the platforms in water depths up to 183m, commission a 5,000-ton gas recovery module on the DP4 platform and lay pipelines to connect DP3, DP4 and Sabratha.

Aug 2023: Eni (operator, 42.5%), BP (42.5%) and the Libyan Investment Authority (15%) have revoked force majeure status on exploration areas A and B (onshore), and C (offshore) declared in 2014. With an 80% share of national production Eni is the country's leading gas producer.

Jan 2023: Eni and NOC have agreed to develop the A&E gas project in offshore contractual area D. First gas is targeted for 2026 with plateau output of around 7.5 bcm of gas per year and up to 50,000 bbls per day of oil and condensate. The development will centre on two platforms tied to the Mellitah and Sabratha Complexes from 23 wells (5 subsea).


No significant news in 2022.


Sep 2021: Eni confirmed its commitment to projects with a focus on gas. New offshore development projects include Structures A&E, Bouri Gas Utilization and Sabratha Compression (at the offshore Bahr Essalam field).


Nov 2020: The National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that it it has raised oil production to 1,036,035 bbls per day after the return in June of the Sharara oil field which had been illegally closed in January at the Hamada valve by an armed militia.

Jul 2020: Eni and NOC are assessing further development of the Bouri oil field targeting undeveloped West and North areas and on the Structures A&E project, designed to extend gas production of the Bahr Essalam field.

Jun 2020: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirms the return of production at the Sharara oil field following closure in January. The 1st phase will start at a capacity of 30,000 bbls per day, returning to full capacity within 90 days.


No significant news in 2019.


Jul 2018: Eni and NOC announced startup up of the offshore Bahr al-Salam Phase 2 project. Three wells will be producing soon and 7 further wells will come on-stream by October. Phase 2 increases production potential by 4.1 bcm a year to 11.4 bcm a year. Bahr al-Salam contains over 260 bcm of gas delivered through the Sabratha platform to the Mellitah onshore treatment plant.


Oct 2017: Mellitah, a joint venture between the NOC and Eni, hopes that the first of 11 gas wells being drilled in its Bahr al-Salam offshore field will start producing by May 2018. The development is aimed at maintaining production of gas and condensates sent to the Mellitah Complex.

Apr 2017: Eni (operator, 100%) has made a discovery of gas and condensate in the offshore Gamma Prospect in Contract Area D. The well B1-16/3 is located 15 kms SW of the Bouri field and 5 kms north of the Bahr Essalam field in 156m of water. The reservoir is the Eocene Metlaoui Group.

Jan 2017: Libya is pumping 715,000 bbls per day, the most since October 2014 when it pumped 850,000 bbls per day. It will keep boosting output in 2017. Blockades at the main oil ports have ended and in December 2016 it re-opened its biggest oil field, Sharara. The El-Feel field remains shut-in.


Oct 2016: Oil production could reach a 3-year high by December as fields restart and ports reopen. Output is 540,000 bbls of oil per day and may reach 900,000 bbls per day by the end of the year according to the NOC. Shipments have been able to resume from Ras Lanuf, Es Sider and Zueitana.

Jul 2016: State energy company National Oil Corporation has agreed to merge with a rival company in the east. This is a positive step to recover the oil sector.

May 2016: Technip has been contracted to work on Bahr Essalam field Phase 2, 110 kms off the coast in a water depth of 190m and operated by Mellitah Oil & Gas (National Oil Corporation and Eni). The field will be tied back to the Sabratha platform. Installation is scheduled for completion by 3Q 2017. Bahr Essalam is part of the Western Libyan Gas Project including the onshore Wafa field.


May 2015: ENI and NOC have made a gas/condensate discovery in exploration well A1-01/01 in Area D in the Sabratah Basin at a water depth of 125m. This is the second discovery in 2015; the first being Bahr Essalam South B1-16/4. A1-01/01 is 20 kms north of the Bouri gas field.

Apr 2015: Protesters are threatening to close the Wafa oil and gas field in the Ghadames Basin which would stop gas exports to Italy. The Sirte Basin Irda gas field has already been shut down and the Sahel gas field may follow which together produce 1.5 bcm each year. Oil production has fallen to less than 500,000 bbls per day due to the closure of El Feel in the Murzuk Basin.

Mar 2015: Eni (100%) discovered gas and condensate in the Bahr Essalam South B1-16/4 exploration well in Area D in 150m of water, 22 kms from the Bahr Essalam field. Eni has 3  rigs in use in Contract Area D, starting production from the onshore Wafa field in 2004 and offshore Bahr Essalam field in 2005. Both supply gas to Italy via the Greenstream pipeline.  


Jul 2014: The 340,000 bbls per day El Sharara oilfield has resumed operations and rebels have handed over to the government the Ras Lanuf and Es Sider oil ports, ending an almost year-long occupation. However, it will take time to restart production as fields and pipelines will require maintenance.

Apr 2014: Libya's oil production is around 220,000 bbls per day as the El Sharara, El Feel and Wafa field are still closed. Libya's oil production was 1.4 million bbls per day until July 2013. The government reached an agreement with rebels in the east to reopen the 70,000 bbls per day Zueitina port, but technical problems are preventing the restart of oil exports.

Feb 2014: Libya's oil production has fallen to 390,000 bbls per day as protests have partly blocked flows from the El Sharara oilfield but the El Wafa oilfield is again working normally. Armed protesters have seized three oil ports in eastern Libya since August 2013, cutting off around 600,000 bbls per day of export capacity.

Jan 2014: Libyan offshore exploration drilling has been restarted by Total at Contract Areas 15, 16 & 32 with well A1-16/3 just east of the Libyan-Tunisian territorial line in the Pelagian Basin. A second well will follow.

Jan 2014: Libya has restarted oil production at the El Sharara field after protesters ended a two-month blockade. Country output has fallen to 250,000 bbls per day from 1.4 million bbls per day in July 2013. Maximum output capacity from El Sharara is around 340,000 bbls per day. The field, located in the remote south, supplies oil to the western Zawiya export terminal and refinery.


Sept 2013: Repsol has made a light oil find in Block NC115 within the Murzuq basin. The well, called A1-129/02, flowed 528 bbls of oil per day from the Mamuniyat formation and is the third of 8 wells which will be drilled in the block to the end of 2015. Repsol is operator with 40%, along with OMV (30%) and Total (30%).

Oct 2013: Mellitah Oil and Gas Co, a joint-venture between ENI and the National Oil Corp, and operator of the Bouri offshore oil field, says it is producing 37,914 bbls per day and plans to add up to 15,000 bbls per day in 2014. The country's biggest offshore field with 38 wells started producing in 1988 and has been unaffected by recent strikes. Most of its gas is flared.

Sep 2013: Strikes at ports and pipelines have shrunk Libyan exports to around 100,000 bbls per day, or less than a tenth of capacity. The sharp drop in output is similar to that of 2011 but this time the problem may be protracted.

Aug 2013: Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) output has dropped below 60,000 bbls per day after shutting in the Sarir and Nafoora fields, along with some smaller ones amid port protests. The dispute is part of a conflict that cut the country’s output to 400,000 bbls per day from 1.4 million bpd before industrial action broke out.

Apr 2013: Total aims to start offshore gas drilling in Libya. Total operates in Libya through the Mabrouk joint venture with the state National Oil Corporation. It currently produces at its offshore al-Jurf field and onshore Mabrouk field.

Apr 2013: Libya reports that it has restored its production to rates to those before the civil war in 2011 although foreign operators still complain of infrastructure constraints, tough contract terms and persistent insecurity.

Feb 2013: Libya aims to increase oil production to 1.7 mm bbls per day before the end of 2013. Output is currently at 1.4 mm bbls per day. This is slightly less than previously reported as the target even though the country lifted production to near pre-war levels much faster than analysts had expected. In recent months activists and local militia have disrupted some operations.

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