Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) confirmed that the Sharara oil field started off the new year with a breach. The breach on January 1, was the third such incident in a week. An inspection team reported the theft of key operational equipment, including transformers and cables from several wells.

The incident reduces Sharara’s output by approximately 8,500 bpd even after the main system restarts operations.
In response to this series of incidents, NOC called on the government to consider and implement emergency security measures to re-establish order and halt looting of the field.

The incident comes after NOC registered two other security breaches – an attack by an armed group who physically assaulted a civil guard, and a theft by another criminal group, who forced their way into the field’s support facility to steal vital goods.

Source: Petroleum Africa